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Whether it’s a menorah, a candelabra or a single taper, it’s safe to say that candles are everywhere this holiday season. If you're planning on lighting a candle or two this holiday season, here are the 10 commandments of candle safety. Thou shall not leave thy candle unattended. READ MORE >>

Autumn has arrived, and soon it will be time to celebrate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. But before you break out the space heaters, candy and candles for decorating, take a moment to educate yourself on fire hazards to ensure your home and family's safety year-round. READ MORE >>

Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen when preparing this year's Thanksgiving feast because it's better to be safe than sorry. An estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the United States on Thanksgiving Day for each year from 2011 t... READ MORE >>

The holiday season is a time when people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. People are often in a rush buying gifts, decorating their homes, visiting friends or traveling. READ MORE >>

Thanksgiving, the day Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate, cook and eat, is the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (USFA), the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is three times as high as on any other day of the year. READ MORE >>

Both hunters and non-hunters alike can safely share the great outdoors. Fall is hunting season throughout the U.S. and a great time to remind anyone who loves autumn recreation—hunters, anglers, hikers, mountain bikers, birders or campers—how to enjoy and safely share the great outdoors. READ MORE >>

It might seem as if summer is scarcely over. But if you own a retail or e-commerce business, you know that now is the time to start preparing for the fall and winter holiday shopping season. According to a survey conducted by CreditCards.com, as of Labor Day weekend, 70% of Americans had already started their holiday shopping. READ MORE >>

Cyber attacks are on the rise across the world. From WannaCry to Equifax, the impact has affected countless individuals and industries alike.  While cyber attacks tend to be associated with large companies — Sony, HBO, and most recently with Equifax — the truth is no one is too small to be immune from a cyber attack threat. READ MORE >>

The Travelers 2017 Risk Index is out, and for the fifth year in a row, fewer American consumers, business owners and executives think the world is becoming a riskier place.  This year, 52% of consumers say they believe the world is getting riskier, compared to 56% in 2016 and 63% in 2013 when the study was first conducted, as shown in the chart below from Travelers. READ MORE >>

Nine things for you (or the handyman) to tackle before winter sets in. As winter nears, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, at least some of which most homeowners can do themselves, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment. Tune up your heating system. READ MORE >>

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