Safety & Family

10 Health Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Don’t text and…walk? That’s right. Ten small behavior tweaks 
to keep you healthy and intact (and out of the ER).

Why You Really Shouldn’t Eat Cookie Dough (Even If It’s Vegan)

This time the culprit isn’t raw eggs—it’s contaminated flour.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Child’s Sippy Cup

How to clean it, when to toss it out, and what to look for when buying one.

Is Your Home an Easy Target for Burglars?

Paul Cromwell, Ph.D., a professor of public affairs at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, interviewed burglars about their techniques for a book he cowrote called Breaking and Entering. Here, he reveals what can attract—and how to deter—thieves.

5 Smart Tips to Stay Safe in a Public Pool This Summer

And the (gross) reason your eyes turn red in the water.

The Ultimate Self-Defense Guide We Hope You'll Never Need

You already know to avoid dark alleys, but learning ways to protect yourself can help arm you for other potentially shady situations. As an expert in Krav Maga (an Israeli self-defense system) and the founder of MAMA (Mothers Against Malicious Acts), Jarrett Arthur has the chops to show you how.

Are the Toys on Your Holiday Shopping List Safe for Kids?

The answer: Not all of them. Make sure everything your children unwrap this year is kid-friendly.

5 Helpful Apps for Your Next Road Trip

If you want a calm, authoritative voice in your ear, expertly guiding you onto highways and byways, look no further than your smartphone. These GPS apps give clear, concise road directions, but that’s not even the half of what they can do. Which one is right for you? Real Simple test-drove five of the top offerings.

Is it Stealing to Use a Neighbor's Non-Password-Protected  Wi-Fi?

Real Simple asked a panel of experts to offer their two cents.