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Oct 22, 2019 at 22:39. 13 comments

What's the Best Temperature for My Water Heater?

What's the Best Temperature for My Water Heater?

If you have a house, you probably have some sort of hot water heater. But there’s no universal temperature for “hot” water—this is something you have to set yourself. So what’s the ideal hot water heater temperature? Here’s what you need to know.

For most homes, it’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Let’s get this out of the way first: there’s no “perfect” hot water heater temperature for every single...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

People shouldn’t walk on escalators. (It slows down the flow at rush hour.) According to a recent CBC report, all the walkers are breaking escalators faster. The Otis Elevator Company even says that walking on the escalator is a safety hazard. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here because of a dumbfounding revelation from Otis.

Stop Walking on the Escalator

Escalator...

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Christine Burke Christine Burke Oct 08, 2019.

The Best Apps to Use When Your Teen Starts Driving

The Best Apps to Use When Your Teen Starts Driving

Two months ago, my teenage son passed his driver’s test with flying colors. Though the initial terror of watching him drive away has passed and our son is proving to be a competent driver, we are still working out the kinks.

Because students in his high school are allowed to leave campus if they have earned high academic standing, our son has the freedom to leave campus a few times a week....

Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Sep 20, 2019. 12 comments

There Are Carcinogens in Tap Water, But Don't Freak Out Too Much

There Are Carcinogens in Tap Water, But Don't Freak Out Too Much

A new study found that tap water contaminants may cause 100,000 cases of cancer in the US every year. While the numbers may be right (it’s hard to be sure), that doesn’t mean you should worry too much about your tap water.

These findings are “in a similar range of cumulative cancer risk as air pollution ... but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside, or stop breathing air,” said Daniel...

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Emily Price Emily Price Sep 07, 2019. 7 comments

Keep Kids Safer by Always Locking Your Car Doors

Keep Kids Safer by Always Locking Your Car Doors

When you think about locking your car doors, in most cases your biggest concern is keeping people from stealing items in your car—or the car itself. While that’s certainly a valid concern, one Reddit user brought up another important reason to keep doors locked: to keep kids out.

Reddit user Monstermommy posted a story this week about her four-year-old daughter. The child told her grandmother...

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David Murphy David Murphy Sep 06, 2019. 6 comments

How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook's New Dating Service

How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook's New Dating Service

Gone are the days of poking people on Facebook that you wanted to poke in real life. Facebook officially debuted its new dating service in the U.S. yesterday, and that very sentence should cause privacy advocates a bit of alarm—especially since it was only a few days ago when the news hit that another security gaffe exposed the phone numbers of millions of Facebook accounts to the...

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Emily Price Emily Price Sep 02, 2019. 9 comments

How to See if Police Are Using Ring Doorbells to Monitor Your Neighborhood

How to See if Police Are Using Ring Doorbells to Monitor Your Neighborhood

Earlier this month we learned that Amazon was talking to law enforcement agencies about potentially giving them access to the video stream from the doorbells both as a way to help make decisions about how to deploy emergency personnel as well as to potentially create “crime news” posts for Amazon’s neighborhood watch app, Neighbors.

This week, Amazon posted a blog post about its work with law...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Aug 30, 2019.

Your Kid's Contigo Water Bottle May Be a Choking Hazard

Your Kid's Contigo Water Bottle May Be a Choking Hazard

Contigo has recalled 5.7 million of its popular kids’ silicone-spout water bottles because in some cases, the spout may detach and become a choking hazard.

The recalled bottles are the “Kids Cleanable Water Bottle” style, sold in packs of 1, 2 or 3 bottles between April 2018 and June 2019. They came in multiple sizes (13-ounce, 14-ounce and 20-ounce) and a variety of colors, materials and and...

Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Aug 29, 2019. 12 comments

See What Happens When People Disregard Safety Instructions in a Plane Emergency

See What Happens When People Disregard Safety Instructions in a Plane Emergency

If you’ve been on an airplane enough times, you probably have the safety information memorized: “In the event of an evacuation, please proceed calmly to the nearest emergency exit,” and so on.

But there’s a difference between hearing that information and having a mental image of what it might look like—so Japan Airlines has created a unique safety video to illustrate exactly what might happen...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Aug 27, 2019. 15 comments

How to Protect Your Parents From Online Dating Scams

How to Protect Your Parents From Online Dating Scams

In April, the Cut spoke to Debby Montgomery Johnson, a 60-year old victim of an online dating scam that cost her more than $1 million. “We talked about everything, we talked about kids … For me, looking back now, it was very therapeutic, because I could write so much more than I could ever articulate in speech,” she said of her romance with an “international contractor” that started on an...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Aug 23, 2019. 16 comments

Is Vaping Making People Sick?

Is Vaping Making People Sick?

The CDC recently announced that it’s found over 150 people with serious respiratory illnesses and a history of vaping. We don’t know yet whether vaping caused them to get sick, but an investigation is ongoing. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s going on?

In the past two months, the CDC has collected 153 reports of “possible cases” of a severe lung illness. The concerning details are that the...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Aug 22, 2019. 20 comments

Keep These Apps Off Your Kid's Phone

Keep These Apps Off Your Kid's Phone

No matter how long you manage to hold them off, at some point, your kids will have their own electronic devices, and they’ll use those devices to communicate with others. First with friends and family, but eventually with strangers, too.

Educating our kids about internet safety is an important and ongoing part of keeping them safe, but parents also have to stay up to date on the latest apps...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Aug 19, 2019. 9 comments

Describe Your Location Anywhere With 'What3Words'

Describe Your Location Anywhere With 'What3Words'

If you’re at a house or business, it’s easy enough to communicate where you are: just give an address or a google-able name. But if you’re trying to meet someone at their blanket on the beach, or telling a friend where in the woods you’re lost, that’s a harder problem.

Latitude and longitude are made for this, but here’s a much more user-friendly method: what3words. Every 3-meter-by-3-meter...

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David Murphy David Murphy Aug 19, 2019. 5 comments

How to Make Sure Your Passwords Haven't Been Stolen

How to Make Sure Your Passwords Haven't Been Stolen

One of the best things about having a solid password is that you don’t have to change it . If it’s strong, unique, and hasn’t been compromised by an attacker, you gain no security benefits by modifying it according to some arbitrary timetable. Just let it be.

What you should be tracking is whether any of your passwords have been compromised on one of the many data breaches you’ve probably...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Aug 05, 2019. 21 comments

Here's Every 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate's Plan to End Gun Violence

Here's Every 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate's Plan to End Gun Violence

Last week, the issue of gun control took center stage among the Democratic presidential candidates at the Detroit debates and in the wake of the Gilroy, California and Brownsville, Brooklyn shootings (and days before shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend). Gun violence—and inadequate gun laws—have impacted the lives of too many Americans, while the current...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Aug 02, 2019.

How to Text 911 in an Emergency

How to Text 911 in an Emergency

At some point, you could find yourself in the midst of an emergency and although you have your cell phone with you, you might not be able to place a call or talk to a 911 operator. You may want to stay quiet because you’re hiding; you may be injured in a way that prevents you from speaking; or you may have poor reception that won’t allow a voice call to be placed. In those cases, you may be...

Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Aug 02, 2019. 7 comments

Don't Give Yourself a 'Sunburn Tattoo'

Don't Give Yourself a 'Sunburn Tattoo'

I hate to talk people out of something that is easy, whimsical, and almost free. But here goes: it’s best not to give yourself a sunburn tattoo. Or to let your kids give themselves sunburn tattoos.

The idea is that you apply a sticker to your skin, then sit out in the sun long enough to get a sunburn. Remove the sticker to reveal the paler skin underneath, and voila, you have a semi-permanent...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jul 31, 2019.

Random Advice That Might Save Your Life, According to Reddit

Random Advice That Might Save Your Life, According to Reddit

You never know what scary, life-threatening event might be right around the corner. Sure, it’s anxiety-inducing to even think about—and you can’t possibly know what to do in every situation—but one post on Reddit might get you a little more prepared to avert tragedy. The “What knowledge might save your life one day?” post is full of tips and tricks for how to think quickly on your feet and...

Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jul 30, 2019.

How to Prevent a Car Fire

How to Prevent a Car Fire

In December, a three-month-old Tesla spontaneously caught on fire while at a repair shop for a flat tire. Six hours later, after the fire was finally extinguished, the car burst into flames again.

Car fires are more common than you think, though it’s highly unusual your car will light up twice in a single day. Between 2014 and 2016, FEMA reports there were an estimated 171,500 of them and...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 29, 2019. 6 comments

Teach Your Kid What to Do If Someone Grabs Them While Swimming

Teach Your Kid What to Do If Someone Grabs Them While Swimming

After many lessons, my six-year-old daughter is becoming a proficient swimmer. She can tread water, retrieve toys at the bottom of the pool, and find her way to the wall after jumping into the deep end. But there’s a skill she still needs to learn, and it’s one that I don’t think her instructors will be teaching. That is: what to do if a struggling swimmer grabs onto her.

Water safety educator...

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