You're Ready for Vacation, but Is Your House?

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When you're away on vacation, having a car in the driveway is one of the best ways to make a house seem to be occupied. (Photo courtesy of member Marshall B. of Virginia Beach)

Before you put on that out-of-office email and lock the doors to catch a flight, here's what you need to do — and what not to do — before leaving on vacation.

8 Home Security Tips For Protecting Your Children

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Being prepared is everything when it comes to keeping your kids safe, says Garber. (Photo courtesy of Protecht Home Security)
Being prepared is everything when it comes to keeping your kids safe, says Garber. (Photo courtesy of Protecht Home Security)

Talk with your kids early about 911 calls and stranger danger to make sure they are prepared and you can keep them safe with these home security tips.

How Secure is the White House? Fence Jumper Highlights Home Security

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White House fence (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
A man who scaled the fence around the White House was able to enter the executive mansion. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

What many considered the safest residence in D.C. turned out not to be so secure after a fence jumper entered the White House. Just how secure can any home be?

Locksmith Service

Why Locks Are Not Enough

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The real weakness with most residential doors is the frame around it, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Altic Lock Service)
The real weakness with most residential doors is the frame around it, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Altic Lock Service)

Locks secure your home, but they can only secure as well as the door they are attached to. Here are common weakness to look for in your home security.

When a Lock Problem Isn't a Lock Problem

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To prevent problems, it is a good idea to set aside one of the original keys for use in making future duplicates, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Roy G. of Los Angeles)
To prevent problems, it is a good idea to set aside one of the original keys for use in making future duplicates, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Roy G. of Los Angeles)

If you are having issues with your lock, the problem may not be the lock at all. Here are three causes of lock problems you can watch for that aren’t the lock.

The key to picking a trusted locksmith in the D.C. area

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Keys in D.C. door (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The key to a good locksmith experience in D.C. is finding a reputable company. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Even when locked out, ask these questions before trusting your personal safety and home security to a just any Washington-area locksmith.

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Water & Smoke Damage

Chicago lightning causes $35,000 in damage - here's how to protect your electrical

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Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Electricians say installing a whole-house surge protector may be the best way to prevent damage to appliances and electronics caused by a lightning strike.

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