Latchkey kids became a heavily used term in the 1940s when children had to come home from school with no adults present. Fathers were deployed for World War II while mothers had to go to work. The trend of working families is still prevalent today, so latchkey kids still exist.
Category: Preparing Your Home
Every prepper dreams of having their very own underground survival bunker. It’s a safe haven where we can escape in an emergency – an underground shelter where you can take refuge. Whether you call it a survival bunker, an apocalyptic bunker, a bomb shelter, a nuclear shelter, or a fallout shelter, it doesn’t matter. What […]
Winter is here, and you may wonder, “Can pipes freeze in the attic?” Because pipes in the attic are often exposed to cold air, they are more likely to freeze. Frozen pipes can cause severe damage to your home, but there are ways to prevent them. Remember to take action before the cold weather hits […]
Underground bunkers were super popular during the Cold War because the thought was that nuclear war was near at hand. The instability of the world has led to below-ground shelters making a comeback, but it’s a bit trickier to build one than back in the 1960s. Let’s dig into how to apply for a permit to build […]
Tornado season is known as the period between March and June when tornados are most likely. While some have access to tornado shelters or basements, that’s undoubtedly not always the case. We’ll look at some tips on taking shelter from a tornado in an apartment so that you’re never caught off guard.
EEBDs (emergency escape breathing devices) are common in specific work environments. Escape hoods and escape respirators protect employees from occupational diseases. But having one at home is handy, too. We’ve come to a place where we must expect the unexpected. Adding escape hoods to a family emergency plan or fire drill isn’t an overreaction; it’s just preparation.
One-third of all Americans have come face to face with extreme weather in recent years. It stands to reason that a good chunk of those weather emergencies include frigid and dangerous winter conditions. We’ve seen recent proof that power grids can fail when we need them the most, and dying of hypothermia becomes a real […]
Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, leading to a massive headache. But, you can take steps towards preventing freezing pipes altogether. Let’s look at why a dripping faucet works during cold weather and how else you can avoid winter freezing your pipelines.
Getting a PO box is not sketchy behavior, regardless of the way TV shows portray it. The actual question is, why don’t more people get a post office box? Let’s look at what a PO box is and why you might consider getting one.
Power outages are annoying. But the waiting game makes it outright dangerous when it’s cold outside. Let’s look at why the power goes out when it’s cold outside and what you can do to prepare.
We know that freezing temps outside can lead to frozen pipes inside. And, where we live, it can sometimes worsen due to a lack of proper insulation. For example, it’s actually more common for pipelines to freeze in Texas than in Michigan. Because the climate is warmer in Texas, they naturally have less insulation.
Once you’ve seen signs of frozen water pipes, it’s sometimes too late to prevent them from bursting entirely. Let’s look at why pipes burst and the steps you can take to prevent thousands of dollars in damage.
No doubt, basements are helpful, especially as a storm shelter. But Florida is quite literally in the middle of the swamp, which means that underground anything is pretty sketchy. Let’s take a quick look at why you won’t find many basements in Florida and why above-ground shelter options may work for you.
If you’re picturing an actual tent in your attic, don’t worry, we did, too. Alas, an attic tent is not some ready-made fort on your top floor. Let’s learn the ins and outs of attic tents and check whether it’s worth it or not.
You’ll buy a bunch of guns over your lifetime, but you’ll likely only invest in one or two gun safes. With that sort of investment, you want the best bang for your buck.
The sun powers the solar cells, but you have to have a way to turn that into usable energy. Let’s look at what an inverter is and why you need one to power your solar panels.
I’m always looking for new ways to store food for the long-term. Having a reserve of food on hand is a great way to stay prepared when the power goes out for a couple of days or more serious natural disaster strikes. One thing I have been thinking about a lot lately is using an […]
I hear from plenty of gun owners that guns are just like tattoos, once you get the first one, you’re going to get more! Firearms are great for self-defense, sports, and collecting. Keeping your collection safe becomes a bigger and bigger challenge with the more firearms you purchase. A gun safe room can help you […]
Sliding glass doors are a modern convenience that many homeowners enjoy. They provide easy access to the outdoors and can make a home feel more spacious. However, they can also be vulnerable to theft or burglary, which is why it’s important to secure them with a good lock. There are many different types of sliding […]
Right, so there is a 50/50 chance you’ve never heard of bulletproof drywall. It isn’t quite as cool as ‘bulletproof glass’ or bulletproof armor and has no production quality.
The first thing you need to know is that foolproof bulletproof glass doesn’t exist. It is a movie thing that we’ve convinced ourselves is real. With that pesky fact out of the way, you can get a glass that can withstand quite a beating, including small-caliber weapons. But, if you’re planning to OK Corral a […]
We get vivid images when we think about body armor – law enforcement, military, Batman. (Please don’t wear the last with any expectation other than Cosplay)
Home safety is important, and no matter how low crime drops, that concern is still omnipresent. Even homeowners or renters in a small town feel these concerns, logical or not. However, just because you want to be secure, does not mean you need to be paranoid about it. There are steps that you not only […]
Hurricane screens are translucent, and made from lightweight polypropylene fabric. They can be permanently mounted and rolled out of the way and quickly deployed in case of a hurricane. However, they exist as part of a spectrum of hurricane home protection. If you live along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you’re no stranger to hurricane […]
Hurricane season is always right around the corner for people who live on the east coast of the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration state that the 2022 hurricane season will officially begin June 1st. It is essential to find ways to keep your home intact. Roll Down or Rolling shutters for a […]
The bulletproof glass you see in the movies and television is not reality. In reality, bullet-resistant glass will protect you from all sorts of projectiles, but genuinely bulletproof glass is a myth. It might catch a bullet or two, and certainly, it slows them down, but if you’re planning on a shootout, don’t let bullet proof windows […]
We see famous people behind high security windows every day. But, they aren’t just for them. You have a right to be as safe as any celebrity or politician. We think high security windows, and we picture shootouts, police stations, and maybe bulletproof glass or windows. That is not the reality of it. Bullet-resistant glass […]
Before we jump straight to a makeshift panic room scenario, there are a gazillion other reasons you would want to secure your bedroom door. And we will get into them shortly. We all know that simple locks for bedroom door sometimes just aren’t enough to keep the things we want out – out.
Sometimes on a random Tuesday, catastrophe strikes. You don’t have a way to predict it, but there are ways you can prepare for it. And, if saving the life of your family means knowing how to break down a door.
Extended power outages might be more than just an inconvenience. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly (rather than planned), but an extended power outage (especially in the winter) can start affecting the community, economy, and critical supply chains that even the most self-sufficient American rely on every day. An extended […]