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Outdoor Winter Activities to Help You Stay Active When It’s Cold

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When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, it’s easy to go for a run or do laps in the neighborhood pool. Things aren’t so simple during the doldrums of winter, especially when the coronavirus pandemic still has many indoor pools and gyms closed. This may have you wondering—what outdoor winter activities are available? Here are some ideas… Continue reading

Winter Safety in the New Year

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As you ring in the new year, remember that winter will be around for another few months. Are you ready for sudden storms, cold temperatures, and potential power outages? How’s how to prepare your home, vehicle, and family for the remainder of winter. Prepare Your Home for Winter Staying indoors is no guarantee of safety. First, make sure your heating… Continue reading

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

Winter Driving: Tips for the Road

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Everyone wants to reach their destination safely, but when the weather is bad, accidents occur more frequently. After following the tips from part one of this winter driving series, your car should be ready to take on less-than-favorable weather conditions. Now, the key is to maneuver your vehicle safely on icy, snow-packed roads. Remain Alert Attentive driving is important no… Continue reading

Tips for Identifying and Thawing Frozen Pipes

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While your best option is to prevent frozen pipes, sometimes your efforts to keep freezing temperatures at bay aren’t enough. Watch for these signs of frozen pipes, and if you find one, follow our tips to thaw it safely. How to Identify Frozen Pipes Cold temperatures: Obviously, it must first be cold outside to create a risk for frozen pipes.… Continue reading

Winter Driving: Tips for Before You Go

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If you live in an area where snow and ice are the norm this time of year, it’s important to drive extra cautiously. In part one of this series, we’ll discuss how to prepare your car for winter driving conditions before you hit the road. Have Your Car Serviced The best way to prevent getting stranded in a snowstorm is… Continue reading

Candle Safety Tips for the Holidays

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There’s something peaceful about lighting a candle on a snowy winter day. Without the proper precautions though, a beautiful decoration could become the source of a house fire. Each year, around 8,200 homes are damaged by fires that were ignited by candles. The top three days for these incidents include New Year’s Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Follow these… Continue reading

How to Stay Safe and Warm During a Winter Storm

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Winter storms can be unpredictable and dangerous. The best place to be is inside, where you’re safe from severe weather, car crashes, and slipping on ice. However, even staying hunkered down at home isn’t without its hazards. Here’s how to stay safe and warm until the storm passes. Heat Your Home Safely Your furnace or boiler may be your primary… Continue reading

All About Winter Allergies

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While outdoor pollen allergies decrease in the winter, indoor allergies tend to spike as you spend more time inside with the windows and doors shut tight. If you suspect you have winter allergies, learn more about them here so you can find relief. Causes of Indoor Winter Allergies A few different allergens can trigger winter allergies. These include: Mold: Mold… Continue reading