* Home Safety Archive

Designs Types for Accessibility

Life expectancy in Canada and the United States is almost 80, and more than 50 million of North Americans are older than 65.  Obviously, only these figures alone would be enough to require a rethinking of home design. Include in that the increased number of handicapped individuals which fortunately, are not institutionalized thanks to recently [&hellip

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Can a House Be Strengthened to Withstand a Tornado?

It is known that a direct hit from an F5 (or EF5) tornado can level virtually any home, any wooden-frame construction. And it is not surprising. After all, the wind speed can reach more than 200 mph. In the aftermath of a tornado like the one in City of Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, [&hellip

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Can Your Home Withstand an Oklahoma Type Tornado?

First of all, after what happened in Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013, the best for your home is to not have to deal with this type of disaster. This scale of disaster reminds us all that a tornado can be more dangerous than even a hurricane. Why? A tornado (also known as cyclone or twister) [&hellip

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Cleaning a Flooded Basement

Unfortunately accidents can happen and your basement can be flooded, even if it is unfinished or just finished. The reasons are many and diverse. Sometimes the storm downspouts or/and gutters are clogged or too old, rusty and having holes, in other words, they are compromised. Naturally that the rainwater will flow along them and on [&hellip

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Choose Wisely Your Exterior Door Hardware

Generally, after a while and exposure to the outside elements, any exterior door hardware may look more or less weathered. However, door locks come in a huge variety of products that differ greatly among themselves as quality or functionality. Of course, the good quality ones respond better to the vagaries of weather and wear. For [&hellip

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