Cabin Security Tips

It was the first downer on what had been a steady string of cabin high notes. I was in high school, and we had recently finished building a modest hunting cabin on the banks of the St. Louis River in northern Minnesota. It is a uniquely beautiful and remote area, and the entire family had […]

12 Low-Tech Cabin Security Tips

Remote getaways that are visited only seasonally can be ideal targets for potential thieves. The good news is that a would-be burglar’s biggest deterrents are light, noise, and barriers to effortless entry – obstacles that are relatively inexpensive and simple to create at your cabin. Pair these with some common-sense strategies, and you can rest […]

Safety Tips: Powering Your Waterfront Projects

Suspect you’re in danger? Unfortunately, ESD is not a constant presence felt equally by all swimmers.  People react differently to varying amounts of stray voltage, depending on body size and composition. So while you may feel fine, it could be affecting a nearby child or adult differently. If you suspect you may be in […]

Protect Your Cabin from Wildfires

During the summer of 2006, Mike McLain watched as wildfires swept dangerously close to his cabin, which is situated in Idaho’s heavily timbered Frank Church Wilderness region on the Salmon River. The area is so remote it cannot be accessed by roads, making it, as Mike notes, “a unique place to fight a fire.” […]

Protecting Your Cabin

Getaways, by nature, are vacant at times – leaving them vulnerable to theft. Fortunately, there are ways to bolster your security. Doors While it may seem a row of deadbolts would do the […]

Renovation Safety Tips

Disclaimer: Those who know me might not consider me the best person to discuss renovation safety. In fact, those of you who have driven me to the ER, kept me stocked with ice and Advil, or otherwise have taken time out of your life to help me through some stupid mistakes, might be shaking your […]

Security: Web Surveillance

Security cameras monitor the local convenience store. Protective parents monitor the nanny with a hidden camera. Cabin owner Scott Stevens keeps his cabin under video surveillance with a Web cam.Stevens’ place is on Waneta Lake in the Finger Lakes region     of New York state, and his primary home is far […]

Severe Weather Safety Tips

According to the American Red Cross, lightning, which is present in every thunderstorm, kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Their motto: If thunder roars, go indoors! Lucky for you, the cabin shelves are already prepped for unplugged fun (checkers, anyone?) that you can enjoy while you’re tucked safely inside.     Just be […]