Keep Your Home Office Safe ($200 Best Buy Giveaway)

December 28, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under electronic, entertainment, giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commentor #860: Karen!

Ever since I’ve started blogging seriously, I felt like I should have my own little office set-up. Unfortunately, space in my home is limited so I have to make due with the area I have. My only problem is that I feel like I just have too many things laying around and I worry about my kids getting into them. However, thanks to Underwriters Laboratories, I now have a little checklist to make sure my “office” is safe for everyone.

From Underwriters Laboratories:

  • Mom’s home office is rarely just mom’s home office. There’s often a bunch of electronics, a computer, probably some kids things, and even a few of dad’s papers and files mixed in. To keep working safely, consider these tips:
  • Watch your wattage – Don’t overload extension cords or plugs. Check the wattage on each component you plug in and avoid using adaptors to “make it work.”
  • Get unplugged – Unplug electronics when not in use. Not only do they draw unnecessary energy, but they can also pose a hazard if turned on accidentally. Think paper shredders, fax machines, and space heaters or fans.
  • De-clutter – A clean office is a safe office. Piles of papers are potential tripping hazards if on the floor and potential fire hazards if near a heat source.
  • Steer the heater clear – Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any combustible materials and do not place anything on top of a space heater.
  • Childproof it twice – Cords and electronics can be incredibly tempting and incredibly dangerous to small children. Be sure to manage your cords, keep outlets and surge protectors covered, and make sure that no small items such as paper clips and staples are within a child’s reach. Large furniture such as bookcases should also be firmly attached to the wall to prevent tipping.

By following this tips, you’ll help your home and family stay safe from harm.


How would you like to win $200 to Best Buy? Yeah, I thought so. To enter:

  • Just stop mention in comments before midnight, Jan 6th how you keep your blogging area/home office safe.  That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 2 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow Island Life on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway.
  • Become a Facebook Fan.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to Underwriters Laboratories.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for Underwriters Laboratories who provided the gift card for giveaway. I was not compensated in any way. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life and Family Review Network. Wife, mother, and flight attendant . . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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1,412 Responses to “Keep Your Home Office Safe ($200 Best Buy Giveaway)”
  1. 1401
    Kate says:

    I make sure my doors are locked and my antivirus software is up to date!

  2. 1402
    Rajee says:

    tweeted @momsfocus
    .-= Rajee´s last blog ..Scentsy Wickless Candles Giveaway =-.

  3. 1403
    Rajee says:

    blogged here

  4. 1404
    latisha depoortere says:

    I like to keep all the desk and computer area clean from dust. I keep all cords in a safe area to keep everything safer.nice giveaway thank you.

  5. 1405
    latisha depoortere says:

    Im a subscriber too.

  6. 1406
    latisha depoortere says:

    twitter follower too/ latishajean

  7. 1407
    Lorena Keech says:

    No clutter and a UPC.

  8. 1408
    Lily Kwan says:

    I keep my home office safe by unplugging electronics when not in use.

  9. 1409
    Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  10. 1410
    Lily Kwan says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

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