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While it's easy to get distracted by the fun in the sun, there are plenty of risks you should consider first. Across the country, many individuals are setting plans in place for the arrival of summer. From cross-country road trips to surfing at the local beach, the summer likely means more travel and outdoor expeditions. READ MORE >>

Thankfully, most people haven’t had to contain a fire. But take a moment to think about how you would react during a fire emergency. Would you know what to do? Knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher could mean the difference between minor damage and a full-scale disaster at your business. READ MORE >>

From old clothes to unused furniture to garden tools in triplicate, your spring cleaning has reminded you of just how much stuff you have crammed into your home. Riding your cleaning momentum, you decide to follow the example set by millions of Americans annually and host a garage sale. READ MORE >>

It’s that time of year, again. Severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes will start to be a mainstay in the forecasts. Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months, according to Ready.gov. READ MORE >>

Your home likely took a beating this winter, so you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter. Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. READ MORE >>

“Alexa, tell me what time it is.” “Hey Google, turn the air conditioning down by two degrees.” “Ring, who is at my door?” Our homes are smart, but unfortunately, so are hackers. Are we at risk when connecting our HVAC and burglar alarm systems to the internet? READ MORE >>

Despite the fact that not everyone loves American football — particularly in light of its recent politicization via the "Take a Knee" campaign — most everyone loves a party. That makes the ad hoc holiday known as Super Sunday a time for football fans and foes to come together to eat, drink and play armchair TV critic. READ MORE >>

Ahh…the go-to, easy-to-use appliance in our kitchens—crock-pots. They put the question, “What’s for dinner?” to rest and give our homes and apartments the home-cooked meal smell. Here are some trusted tips to consider when using your crock-pot: Not everything is better with age READ MORE >>

Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing. We’ve pulled together tips to help prevent frozen pipes and list of suggestions for you to follow if they do. READ MORE >>

Everyone enjoys being part of the holiday preparations from testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies. But when there are a lot of people and lots of activity going on around you, it's easy to get distracted. Get eight simple fire-safety tips that can help you and your family reduce the risk of kitchen fires during this joyous time of year. READ MORE >>

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