Safety Tips Archive

How to Make a Family Disaster Kit for Home Emergencies

No one wants to think about the worst-case scenario. It’s scary and perhaps depressing to consider that a fire, flood, or earthquake could create a home emergency. Those of us who live close to the Pacific Coast even forget about thunderstorms as time passes. However, any high-wind storm can cause a disaster when our favorite old tree falls on the home. Despite the unpleasant nature of this topic, it is vital for families to have a disaster kit. Here are some tips on how to make a family disaster kit for home emergencies.

Best Home Air Purifiers to Combat Pollen, Dust & Smoke

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is coming down with asthma, getting treated for lung disease, and it seems like every other day there is a smog alert.

Pollen, dust, smoke – all potentially harmful emissions that can lead to asthma or a variety of lung diseases, if not handled early enough. Unfortunately, homeowners and families breathe in dirty air on a daily basis with little to no consciousness of their impact in the long-term. To combat against emissions, you should purchase a home air purifier to filter out pollen, dust, smoke, odors, and mold.

Winter Weather Safety Checklist

When winter rolls around, it’s best to be prepared, particularly in upstate New York. The past few winters have brought deep freezes and deep snow drifts, so who knows what this coming winter will bring? There’s nothing worse than being caught with no plan in the case of extreme weather. This post has a few ideas that will have you thinking ahead to keep you and your family safe and warm, all winter long. Make sure to mark off these 3 things from your winter weather safety checklist.

5 Tips to Prepare for a Flood or Fire

Floods and fires are two of the worst events to happen to a building or home. They can be totally devastating to the structure, but also to the people inside. It’s therefore vital to prepare for a flood or a fire so that you have a plan in place in the event of a disaster. Keep reading to learn 5 tips for preparing your family for a flood or fire.

How to Protect Your Home from Humidity and Mold

Depending on where you live, you might have to face humidity all year long. If you have bad humidity problems, it is likely that you face mold issues, too. This might be particularly true in a basement, but humidity and mold do not discriminate. Therefore, it is vital to get an advance on the problem and work to protect your home from the growth of mold. This post will discuss ways to prevent mold growth, with an emphasis on humidity issues.

5 Tips to Clean Up Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. They always add a sense of style that carpet cannot touch. They also bring with them a layer of responsibility and attention to maintenance. Though hardwood floors are durable, with many lasting well over 100 years, their chief nemesis seems to be water – after fire, of course. If you have hardwood floors, keep reading to pick up 5 tips to remediate hardwood floor water damage.

5 Tips to Clean Up Mold in the Attic

We normally think of mold as something that affects the basement. It’s cool and dark down there, perfect for mold. But, the attic also provides a haven for mold. A leaky roof or a faulty shingle or two can allow enough moisture into the attic for mold to take hold. Keep reading to discover 5 tips for cleaning up mold in your attic.

5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Flood Damage

A study, released on Monday 7/28/14 by a team of the government climate scientists, revealed that residents who live along the Atlantic coast are in-store for increased flooding in the years to come.  While researching 45 tide gauges, it was determined that flooding was more frequent at 41 stations, and that 28 of the 41 were showing accelerated rates of increase. Most concerning for those of us in the Rochester and WNY region, is that the mid-Atlantic coast reported the most significant flood increase activity.

Basement Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Flooding

Unless you happen to be a mold spore, nobody likes a flooded basement. Without proper home maintenance, water damage can harm any furniture, carpets, flooring or any stored items in the basement. So, it is vital to make sure that all basements remain dry. However, the question is how to avoid flooding through maintenance in the basement. This post will seek to provide a few solutions for how to prevent flooding in your basement, which will protect your belongings, health, and overall value of your home.