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

Preparing Financially for Weather Emergencies

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Severe weather comes in many forms and can happen anywhere. It’s one thing to prepare your home and family for natural disasters, but it’s another thing to feel financially prepared. Do you know how to organize your finances ahead of time and avoid disaster-related scams during the recovery process? Follow these tips to be financially prepared in case of a… Continue reading

Your Guide to Halloween & Trick-or-Treating During COVID-19

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and children and parents everywhere are wondering—what will Halloween look like this year? As a holiday that involves wandering the neighborhood, knocking on as many doors as possible, and reaching into communal bowls to grab fistfuls of candy, it should go without saying that changes will be necessary this year. Rest assured that Dr.… Continue reading

Health Risks After a House Fire

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If a fire has impacted your home or business, you may be grateful once the flames are put out, thinking that all threats to your health and safety have been averted. However, fires can leave behind toxic smoke and soot byproducts. Mold can even grow if any water is left behind once the fire is extinguished. Learn more about the… Continue reading