8 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Fires this Winter

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The winter holiday season is a time for family and togetherness. Unfortunately, many family holiday traditions increase the risk of house fires. Protect your family and property by following these eight holiday fire safety tips. Check your holiday lights for frayed cords or broken plugs. Don’t use any that appear damaged. Also, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for how many strands… Continue reading

Staying Safe Before, During & After a Winter Storm

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Most North American cities experience severe winter weather. Heavy snow, ice storms, and extreme temperatures threaten to damage your home and vehicle. You can’t stop a storm in its tracks, but you can prepare now so you’re ready when bad weather hits. Here’s how to stay safe before, during, and after a winter storm. How to Prepare for a Winter… Continue reading

How to Prevent Spreading COVID During the Holidays

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This holiday season, the goal is to spread cheer, not COVID-19. It’s the hardest time of year to follow health guidelines, but it’s important to stay vigilant. After all, until a vaccine is available to the masses, hospitals are liable to become overwhelmed, leaving more people unable to receive the treatment they need. Implement these tips to enjoy the holidays… Continue reading

COVID Cleaning & Safety Throughout the Colder Months

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Winter is cold and flu season. With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, this means hand washing and surface sanitization are more important than ever. Keep your home clean and safe with these COVID cleaning tips for the colder months. Disinfect the kitchen garbage can: To clean this germ catcher, first take it outside or into the garage. Spray every… Continue reading

Why Trees Need Winter Pruning

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Many homeowners give their trees and shrubs attention in the spring, summer, and autumn, but they neglect their dormant landscape during the winter. The common misconception that lawn care and maintenance should stop when the weather turns cold is a major cause of lackluster landscapes. Winter is actually the perfect season for pruning, the act of trimming excess branches from… Continue reading

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

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Unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is responsible for at least 430 deaths and 50,000 emergency room visits in the US every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the proper precautions, CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Here’s how to protect your family from this “silent killer,” as well as how to respond if your carbon… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Families

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For many, Thanksgiving is a time to feast with family and friends, enjoy time off school and work, and express gratitude for everything they have. Unfortunately, accidents and incidents ruin Thanksgiving for thousands of families every year. Here’s how to make your home safe as you gather with loved ones for the holidays. Kitchen Safety Tips Never leave children unattended… Continue reading

Fireplace Maintenance Tips to Avoid Fire Hazards

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Nothing compares to curling up by a crackling fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book in hand. While this inviting scene evokes feelings of peace and tranquility, operating a poorly maintained fireplace could have devastating results. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 17,000 home structure fires per year begin in the fireplace, chimney,… Continue reading

Staying Alert to Disaster- and Pandemic-Related Scams

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Living through a pandemic or dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is never easy. Add to your list of struggles, the potential for scammers and imposters who hope to turn a quick profit from your misfortunes. To protect your finances and personal information, learn about the common scams fraudsters may attempt to pull during times of crisis. Disaster clean-up… Continue reading

Financial Preparedness Tips


Everyone wants to ensure the safety and well-being of their family after a disaster. Part of doing this is being financially prepared for emergencies, both large and small. During these stressful times, the importance of having savings, emergency supplies, insurance coverage, and other fail-safes in place has become readily apparent. Follow these tips to help you prepare your finances for… Continue reading