On the checklist for the New Year: fire safety. Here's a roundup of ideas for safeguarding your house.
Above: Dispose of embers safely with the 5-gallon Steel Ash Bucket; $49.95 at Vermont Country Store. N.B.: Fire experts recommend that you douse the embers with water and close the can with a tight-fitting lid to deprive the ashes of oxygen.
Above: Architectural Devices' Modern Smoke Detector is $130.
Above: The Vintage Swiss Army Blanket, a blend of horsehair and wool, is naturally flame-retardant; $298 from Sundance (small fires can be extinguished with a wool blanket).
Above: The Kiddie KL-25 Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder is $53.95 from Amazon.