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How to Prepare For an Earthquake

If the earth moves under your feet, it’s important to know what to do.

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5 Recalled Kitchen Products that Could Be in Your Home Right Now

These common kitchen appliances and tools have dangerous glitches that need repair.

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Plastic Microbeads: Is Your Toothpaste or Facial Scrub Hurting the Environment?

Just say no to these teeny, tiny spheres, experts advise.

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When “Smart Homes” Are Stupid: How to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Report finds alarming vulnerabilities in home automation systems.

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6 Mistakes Not To Make During A Power Outage

Is that a live wire or a piece of rope?

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Save Your Home from Costly Sun Damage

You can’t slather SPF-30 on your sofa, but you can protect it and other possessions from harsh sunlight.

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Why You Should Break Your Bottled Water Habit

Tap water is just as safe — and it’s greener too.

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Rain Barrels Are Eco Friendly — But Are They Safe?

A few precautions will save you a barrel of trouble.

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Don't Bug Out Over Indoor Composting

Turn your kitchen waste into rich soil without attracting pests.


Annoying Telemarketing Calls? Turn Them into Cash

Federal law penalizes companies by making them pay consumers they contact illegally. Learn how to take advantage.

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How to Compost Without Attracting Pests

A few simple tips will keep both small and large creatures away.

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How to Get Rid of Old Appliances

Help save the planet — you might even make some money in the process.


Make Your Home Safer With Security Plants

From high hedges to thorny shrubs and prickly flowers, all-natural ways to keep intruders away.

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10 Things Never to Buy at Yard Sales

Pass up that bargain couch, mattress, crib and car seat.

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Before You Dig That Hole, Dial 811

Underground electric wires and gas lines can pose safety hazards. Calling this number will help you avoid catastrophe.