Gift Ideas for a Safe Home

Want to give a meaningful gift to someone this Christmas? Here’s our take on three safety-related items every homeowner should have.

A fire extinguisher should be in every kitchen since stove fires are a major source of home fires. I admit we don’t have one but we have the next best thing called Tundra, a fire extinguishing spray. It’s not big and cumbersome so it’s easy to handle. To use the fire extinguishing spray point and spray it at any type of fire. Keep one handy in the kitchen, workshop or anywhere a fire might occur to keep everyone safe in a family friendly home. You’ll find them sold at home centers for about $25.

A weather radio, with an efficient hand turbine, LED light, clock and cell phone charger via USB, is a must-have item for stormy weather conditions to keep you informed and cell phones operational. We like the Eton American Red Cross Axis AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio that costs $70 at Brookstone.

The best defense against shock for a handy homeowner working on an electrical project is a Digital Multimeter, versatile device that allows you to safely determine if voltage is present while you’re doing any electrical repair or installation. The one we use is from Radio Shack and costs $36.

Here’s a link to more information about these products Safe Home Gift Ideas.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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