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Winter Driving: Tips for the Road

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

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

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

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Winter

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Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it’s colorless, odorless and otherwise undetectable until it starts causing harm. Exposure to high concentrations of CO gas can be lethal. Even long-term, low-level exposure can cause prolonged health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 15,000 people are admitted to the hospital each year in the… Continue reading

Don’t Let a Winter Storm Catch You Off Guard

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The extreme cold, freezing rain, blowing snow and ice caused by winter storms can lead to power outages, frozen and burst pipes, damaged roofing and siding, water leaks, and hazardous road conditions. Such severe weather may be hazardous to your family and property. By planning and preparing now, you’ll prevent the next winter storm from catching you off guard. Create… Continue reading

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

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If you live in a cold climate, there’s a real possibility your pipes could freeze this winter. If ice forms in your plumbing, the resulting pressure could cause the pipes to burst, causing localized water damage and possible home flooding. Fortunately, with a bit of prevention, you can keep your pipes free of ice this winter. Just follow these tips.… Continue reading