Category Archive


Always be prepared: How much water do I need to keep on hand in case of emergency?

If disaster strikes tonight, if Godzilla comes down your street, crushing the pavement, ripping up water lines and making travel difficult, will you be prepared? Part of running a household means making contingency plans. How will you stay safe and healthy in case of natural disaster, monster infestation, disease outbreak, service interruption, alien invasion, civil unrest, or war?

How far should I go to protect my family?

One of the weirdest conversations I’ve had as an adult was the time my husband and I talked about safety in our new home. There had been a few home invasions in the area, where men had entered houses at night and demanded money or else pistolwhipping. Our conversation wandered from deadbolt locks to mace to, “What if we got a gun?”

How I watched my apartment burn — OR! — What do you grab in a fire?

Tiffany was working on her couch one day last month when a fire rudely interrupted her work day — and gutted her apartment. She had to make the quick decision of what to grab and where to go — and pick up the aftermath.

Smoke alarms and first aid kits that make safety cute and magical

YOU GUYS I found this amazing smoke detector! It’s totally real. It is a chickadee that sings when it detects smoke. Oh my. And look what else I found in the category of safety products!

The 5 not-at-all-essential things you should prepare for your home in case of a power outage

There are no-brainer needs when it comes to a power outage: flashlights. Candles. But if you prep these five items you won’t bemoan your lack of Internets the next time your power drops.

I called 911 — and here’s what I learned

I’ve never had to call emergency services before, but when smoke started rolling into our apartment through the vents, I popped my 911 cherry. Everything turned out okay, but I’m so glad I got the chance to learn these important lessons.

My neighbors had a fight and I called 911 — was that the right move?

My apartment neighbors had a fight, complete with thuds, pained screams, and the woman screaming, “Let go of me! Stop!”

I called 911 since it seemed to be more than a lovers quarrel. But since telling friends, some say I overstepped my boundaries and should have minded my own business. What would you do in this situation?