Safety & Family

5 Smart Tips to Stay Safe in a Public Pool

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

How to Avoid Common Scams

Learn how to avoid the most common swindles—from high-tech password theft to low-tech door-to-door hustles.

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.

5 Things to Know About Kid-Proofing Your Furniture

A child is injured every 30 minutes by tipped or falling furniture. Kim Dulic, spokesperson for the CPSC and Anchor It campaign manager, gave us some guidelines to ensure that heavy pieces do not topple over. These low-cost fixes can help prevent a potentially life threatening accident from occurring under your roof.

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.

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.

Home Safety Checklist

Make yours a home sweet, safe home.

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.