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Home Safety

The myQ Pet Portal Keeps You From Asking, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

We can almost hear the Baha Men asking the infamous question, “Who let the dogs out?” when thinking about this new smart pet door: the myQ Pet Portal. Now, the myQ Pet Portal doesn’t transport your pet to a different realm, but it does let them in and out with a few additional perks pet […]

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12 Cold Weather & Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Winter’s here, and while you may want to stay snug and warm, it’s also important to keep an eye on areas within and around your home to make sure things are in top shape (and to help you avoid costly repairs).

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How to Murder Hornet-proof Your Home

After the pandemic shut down the world, news of the invading Asian Giant Hornet also flooded mainstream media. Although the stories quickly died down, they recently cropped up again after a reported “murder hornet” nest found in Washington State, the first of its kind. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) led a successful operation […]

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The Top 10 Safest College Towns in the US

A national study conducted by the Safety.com research team determined that these 10 areas are the safest colleges and college towns in the US.  Methodology This study is partially the product of a statistical analysis of the FBI’s 2019 report on crime in the United States and a combination of this crime data with campus […]

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“La Niña” Is Coming: Expect a Cold Winter in the North, Dry in the South

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Winter Outlook forecast is in, and this year La Niña will dominate the winter. The natural phenomenon’s patterns were first spotted back in August, with cooler surface water temperatures in the Eastern Pacific. What is “El Niño” and “La Niña”? The National Ocean Service defines El Niño and […]

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5 Alternatives to the Google Nest Secure System

This week, Google announced the discontinuation of Nest Secure System, leaving users in shock. This news follows ADT’s announcement of partnering with Google over the summer. So far, the company has invested $450 million in ADT, and both companies planned to take advantage of the resources that each has to offer. While Google is no […]

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Amazon Sidewalk Is Coming, But Is It Safe?

Amazon is gearing up to unveil another way for consumers to stay connected and utilize technology in their daily lives: Amazon Sidewalk. It’s not quite a physical gadget that consumers can use—it’s a little more complex yet appears to be able to enhance consumer usage  with smart technology while creating innovative experiences. What Is Amazon […]

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How to File an Amazon Stolen Package Claim

The unfortunate truth of getting packages in the mail is that sometimes they go missing. Whether they’re stolen or delivered improperly, it’s important to know what to do if this happens to you. When it comes to Amazon packages in particular, the company makes it fairly easy to get in touch and sort out the […]

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The 5 Most Devastating October Hurricanes of All Time

2020 has been a mixed bag of tumultuous events with the coronavirus pandemic, relentless wildfires and social unrest. The 2020 hurricane season has been no less dramatic, serving up so many storms that the National Weather Service had to defer to the Greek alphabet when it ran out of names for the tempestuous season.  As […]

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How to Return Home Safely After a Wildfire

2020 rained down a hailstorm of natural threats, from the coronavirus pandemic to social and civil unrest. There has been so much chaos that it’s easy to forget that the world is not on fire; unless you live in places like San Francisco and Salem City where the sky turned a creepy, hazy shade of […]

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Ring’s Flying Drone Camera Is a Game-Changer for Home Security

Ever since Ring products were born in 2014 (under the name Doorbot), they’ve provided unique technology for home security. The Doorbot was one of the first video doorbells on the market, and after Amazon purchased Ring, the home security product line expanded and got even better. Ring’s newest offering is the Always Home Cam, available […]

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5 Home Security Features That Aren’t for Everyone

While having a home security system for intrusion detection can definitely be an essential, there are several add-ons and features we think some homeowners and renters can forgo. Likewise, as with many services and packages across industries, you’re going to find several “unicorn” features that go above and beyond what you really need. Here’s our […]

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Expert Advice on Preventing and Escaping From Human Trafficking

The slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries represents a dark part of U.S. history. While the 13th Amendment officially and legally abolished slavery on January 31, 1865, the concept of slavery continues to exist today. It is known as human trafficking, and it is highly illegal. This is also known as “modern slavery,” […]

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Safety.com’s Guide to Staying Safe During California’s Power Shutdowns

Because of California’s ongoing wildfires, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently announced that it would implement a public safety power shut-off (PSPS) that could affect up to 89,000 customers across 16 California counties. According to a press release issued by the electric company, “This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, […]

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The Safety.com Guide to Wildfire Recovery Resources

Deadly wildfires don’t just destroy wildlife, vegetation and pollute the air; they can also destroy homes and communities and displace thousands due to mandatory evacuations. As of late September 2020, the West Coast wildfires burned more than 3.7 million acres in 11 states, forcing over 500,000 people to evacuate in Oregon alone. The nature of wildfires means they […]

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“Zombie” Tropical Storm Paulette Rises From the Grave

This hurricane season continues to be relentless. Tropical disturbance after tropical disturbance keeps circling in the Atlantic Ocean, some worse than others. And then there are some tropical storms and hurricanes that you think have gone away, only to see them come back again. Such is the case with tropical storm Paulette.  Tropical storm Paulette, […]

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U.S. Burglary Statistics: 8 Takeaways from the Latest Data

The results are in for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s 2018 Crime in the United States report, and it’s a mixed bag, depending on where you live but a marked decrease in home burglaries was once again established.  In 2018, there was one burglary every 26.2 seconds in the U.S. with property crimes […]

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The Safety.com Guide to Hurricane Recovery Resources

The wind, rain and storm surge a hurricane produces can destroy homes and communities leaving a long-lasting, devastating effects. For example, Hurricane Laura, which ravaged the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. in late August 2020, caused an estimated $8-$12 billion in insured losses to homes and businesses. The days and weeks following a hurricane can be […]

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How to Keep Your Gaming Consoles Safe in Case of a Flood

Video games are fun, but they’re also an investment. A new Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo costs anywhere from $200 to more than $500 in some cases. Gaming PCs can run several thousand dollars. And these prices only include the basics. Adding a new game to your collection generally costs at least $50 every time. If you throw in some accessories, you could easily wind up […]

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Will Cooler Temperatures Make COVID-19 Worse?

Early on in the pandemic, conventional wisdom dictated that the summer months could slow the spread of COVID-19. After all, other, similar viruses all but disappeared during the summer, due to light, warmth and higher humidity. However, COVID-19 didn’t follow this predictable pattern. Instead, cases spiked, with recent information from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine placing global cases at just under […]

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The 10 States Where Hurricanes Hit the Most

The end of summer is here, but hurricane season still has two-and-a-half months to go. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. As of this writing, there have already been 18 named storms. Analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows hurricanes caused nearly one-trillion dollars in damage over 39 years from 1980 to […]

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Will Hurricane Teddy, Vicky, or Rene Hit the US?

The current hurricane season in the Atlantic continues to get worse, with multiple tropical disturbances circling the ocean and making landfall. Hurricane Teddy is forecasted to make landfall in Bermuda before turning north to potentially hit Canada. Tropical depression Vicky is just behind Teddy but has continued to weaken in strength. Rene has also been […]

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Stuck in an Elevator? Relax, Then Follow These 5 Steps

You use them frequently without a second thought, you ride them regularly to various destinations, from basement-level restaurants, to top-floor residential penthouses, to middle-of-the-building office suites. They are elevator systems — a sophisticated and technological combination of shafts, connections, weights and counterweights, which move people from floor to floor in buildings of varying heights. However, the elevator cab […]

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A Guide to Safe Home Inspections During COVID-19

Home inspections are a critical part of the home-buying process. A thorough inspection can unearth significant issues that could impact a home’s value and may even prevent a sale from going forward. Inspectors spend hours at a house looking for any sign of trouble. The process is hands-on and crowded, as the inspector is often […]

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