Top 5 Home Safety Tips

More than 3.4 million people experience an unintentional household injury every year.

A shocker, as your home should be where you and your family feel your safest.

According to A Secure Life, common problems that lead to home injuries are falls, poisonings, household fires, and more.

These are problems you can face during everyday life.

Safety is key, and we’re going to show you how to make your home as safe as a bunker!

Or…well… as safe as possible.


Watch Your Step!

Falls are the number one cause of injuries for seniors, according to EveryDay Health.

But it’s not just seniors who fall. It’s all of us.

Anybody here extra clumsy? Well, this section is for you. wet_floor

Here’s how to keep your feet on the floor and not flying in the air!

One, make sure your rugs have rubber backing.

Have you ever came across a corner of the rug that has accidentally flipped up?

Were you able to successfully walk over it like you knew it was there?

Most likely, not.

You tripped, and it wasn’t pretty. And yes, sorry, the whole family saw it.

This can be avoided with a simple rubber backing or a secure hold on the floor.

Simple, yet safe!

Two, lighting is key. Good lighting is the number one tip to prevent falls, according to NCOA.

There should be light switches right when you enter your home, and if there aren’t any, a tall standing lamp will do the trick.

Keep lamps and lights right next to your bed, within arms reach. Make it easy to light your path before and after you get out of bed.

Don’t have one of these? Check out our Studio Design Inc. Retro Lamp at MassGenie.

We say, go to the light! Not away from it.

Third, clutter is not fun. And it’s definitely not safe.

If you’re not tripping on a rug, you’re most likely tripping on the next best thing- clutter.

By cleaning up after yourself, you are making your home safer.

We know, this is easier said than done when you have littles running around.

An idea- make a game of it! Whoever puts their toys away gets desert.

Or dinner, whichever you choose.

It takes just the wrong pressure, joint, and bone to hit the floor to make a fall extremely dangerous.

Better to be safe than sorry!


Don’t Eat That!

Poison control centers across the country get more than two million calls a year about potential exposure to poisons, according to WebMD.

Almost all of these poisonings take place in homes and a very large percentage are children between one and four.

Common poisons are medicines, carbon monoxide, household products, chemicals, art supplies, food, and more.

Keep all medicines and dangerous products locked up or properly disposed of.

Child locks are key, even if you don’t have children!

Carbon monoxide detectors will help you maintain a healthy home atmosphere.

Place these near bedrooms and close to furnaces. We have one perfect for your home at MassGenie.

Did you see food was on the list?

clean_foodYes, food that has not been properly refrigerated or frozen is dangerous to consume.

Also, simple things like making sure your hands are washed and using clean utensils will stop the spread of contamination.

Be clean and avoid contamination!

And don’t eat anything you’re not supposed to.


Smokey Cares about Your Home, Too

This statistic you should know- Smoking inside the house is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.smokey_the_bear

Don’t smoke.

And if you do smoke, do it outside the house and in a safe area.

Besides smoking, top causes for home fires are cooking, heating, electrical malfunction, and clothes dryers.

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

No, this isn’t an excuse to order take out every night.

These fires are mostly due to unattended cooking.

A couple things to keep in mind of when you’re in the kitchen: Be alert, don’t keep anything that can catch fire near the stove, always remain by your food while cooking, and keep splattering oil down to a minimum.

A good tip- know where you fire extinguisher is and how to use it!

Between 2009-2013, 84% of home heating fire deaths and 40% of all home heating fires were caused by improper use of space heaters, according to Today.

Keep all burning products away from heating equipment, have all your heating equipment clean and inspected every year, and always use the recommended fuel.

Follow instructions when dealing with heating equipment!

Electrical fires are rare compared to other home fires, but preventing these are just as important.

The lower the quality of electrical panels, the more frequently they should be checked. It’s known that they become faulty over time.

Always hire professionals when it comes to adding new lights and fans.

We all love the handyman, but for electrical installations, wiring, and inspections, it will be safer to hire a professional.

Remember, only YOU can prevent home fires!


Keep the Uninvited Out

Your home is now safe- everything is properly installed, all poisons are locked up and properly disposed of, and you are not trippin’!

But what about the things we can’t control?

According the the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each year.

Don’t be scared, be prepared!

They’re a few things that may prevent a home invasion.

One, look like you are home.

Many home invasions occur because the criminal didn’t know someone was home.

Keep your exterior lights on and use motion detecting flood lights around your home.

Investing in security cameras is ideal, although some of us don’t have quite the budget for those.

We have both on MassGenie to fit your needs. If you can’t afford our Nest Secure Alarm System, try our dummy cameras!

Make those criminals think twice before they enter your yard!

All windows and doors should be locked at all times. Don’t make it easy for the uninvited to get in.

Consider sharp or noisy plants and hedges to be planted around your windows and access areas.

YouTube videos for getting out of restraints and picking locks. It’s amazing what you will find on YouTube!

Go back to the basics- your front door!

Make sure your front door is surveillanced and protected.

The Nest Smart Video Doorbell doesn’t only let you know who’s at the door without being anywhere near it, but it also provides you video to see who your guest is.

Hopefully, it’s just Uncle Bob and you don’t have anything to worry about!

But it could be the pizza delivery guy, when you didn’t order pizza.

Be smart. Be prepared. And always think outside the box!

Yes, we’re talking about the big box you call home!


You Can Rest Easy

Education is key, and we hope these tips will help you sleep longer at night.

And make you more aware during the day!

Remember to prevent falls, avoid poisons and bad food, prevent home fires and burns, and keep the unexpected company away from your household.

Sometimes, a little reminder goes a long way.

What’s your favorite home safety tip? Share it with us on social media with this blog!

Tech Tips: How to Boost Tablet Performance

Don’t throw your sluggish tablet out the window just yet. You can still turn that expensive paperweight back into a handy mobile device for browsing the Web, playing games, and watching Netflix. Here are some quick tips that can help boost your tablet’s performance.

  • Uninstall the apps you don’t use. Each app on your tablet takes up some amount of storage space and runs its own background processes. Your tablet may be getting bogged down by background processes from apps you don’t even use. Look through the apps you have installed on your tablet and uninstall the apps you don’t use. You can also disable these apps if you can’t uninstall them.
  • Avoid using live wallpaper. Sure, it seems cooler to have live or animated wallpaper. However, when not properly made, these animated wallpapers typically need more CPU cycles to run. Plus, each time you access your tablet’s home screen, your tablet runs not only your apps but also your live wallpaper. This slows down your tablet’s performance and drains its battery.
  • Don’t go overboard with multitasking. Tablets are great, but these devices aren’t really designed for heavy multitasking. They’re better suited to Web browsing, word processing, and video streaming. (If you want to run more apps or programs at once, consider getting a netbook like this Asus VivoBook F510UA.) Make sure you fully close one app before moving to another so your tablet can keep up with your usage.
  • Cut down on your media storage. Music, photos, videos – all these take up space in your tablet. Avoid keeping large files on your tablet so its performance won’t be slowed down. If you don’t want to part with your precious media files, consider investing in an external storage device like a Fantom Drives 1TB GForce3 USB 3.0 external hard drive. Connect your tablet to your computer and transfer all those large files from your tablet to your hard drive.
  • Format your tablet’s SD card. Formatting your tablet’s SD card has the same effect on your tablet as disk checking and defragmentation does on your computer. Make sure your tablet’s capable of delivering its best performance by formatting its SD card at least once every three months. Just make sure to make a backup of all your files before you do any formatting!

If you think your tablet’s a lost cause, though, you might want to browse our selection of Electronics at MassGenie. Join our Power Deals and get amazing discounts on the items you want!

5 Ways to Start Being Eco-Friendly Today

We can all agree that motherhood is difficult, but there’s one mom that has it harder than the rest – Mother Earth. Fortunately, it’s not too late to make it up to her and start on the path to eco-friendliness. Here are 5 easy things you can do today to be more environment-friendly.

Solar Panels

  1. Go solar. By switching to solar power, you can help further combat greenhouse gas emissions and lower the world’s collective dependence on fossil fuels. Using solar panel kits (like this 300W solar panel kit or this 100W solar starter kit from Renogy) make the transition easier, since these kits already contain all the components you need to start using solar power for your home.
  2. Install low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets. Do you know how much water you waste in the bathroom? Make every drop of water count by using low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets (a dual-flush toilet lets you use less water to get rid of liquid waste). And, while you’re fixing up your house’s plumbing, make sure you repair leaky faucets, too.
  3. Bring your own bag when you go out shopping. Plastic bags release toxic chemicals into soil and pose serious threats to animals in all ecosystems. Avoid using these horrible disposable plastic bags and start using reusable shopping bags instead. Doing this not only helps preserve the environment but can also earn you some pocket money; some retailers offer to pay customers for every disposable bag they don’t take.
  4. Go meat-free once a week. Data at states that producing a kilogram of beef takes 100,000 liters. By going meat-free once a week, you can do your share in reducing the demand for meat, which helps not only save water but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  5. Use eco-friendly gadgets. No need to give up using technology to be more eco-friendly; just make sure you’re using the right gadgets. There’s a huge variety of eco-friendly gadgets for you to choose from, from energy-conserving televisions to solar-powered media players. You may even find that the best external hard drive for your computer is energy-efficient, too.