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The cold weather is here for many. You may be tempted to pull out your space heater this winter to stay warm. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment, such as your space heater, is the second-leading cause of home fires each year from December through February. To avoid becoming part of the statistic, incorporate the following safety tips while staying warm:  

  • Avoid using space heaters to warm bedding, thaw pipes or dry clothing.
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Fall signals a natural time of transition. Fall is also a great time to get maintenance tasks done if you live in an area where cooler weather is right around the corner.

Care for your home this upcoming season by maintaining your home with the following tips:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and freezing around your foundation.
  • Drain gas from yard equipment....
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Recent findings from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) confirmed that household construction costs have surged over the past year. This rise in construction costs is directly tied to soaring building material expenses—namely, the price of lumber. According to the NAHB, current lumber costs are up 340% from 2020. What’s more, lumber prices have already risen by an additional 67% since the beginning of 2021.

There are several reasons for these higher expenses....

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Hot summer days and swimming pools are a great combination to enjoy some summer fun. Many homeowners add backyard pools as a way to entertain and beat the heat. However, adding a pool to your property also increases homeowner responsibilities. Keep these tips in mind if you decide to add a pool to your home:

  • Install a fence. Most communities require a fence around private swimming pools. Install a safety fence with a locked latch and utilize a cover when you are...
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Mold is a fungus caused by excess moisture that can be damaging to your home, as well as a significant health hazard.

Mold can look like spots and can be many different colors. If you see or smell it, remove it; you don’t need to know what type of mold it is. You just need to get rid of the mold and fix the moisture problem that is causing it.

To prevent mold occurrences in your home, you should:

  • Keep healthy humidity levels. Mold thrives in humid...
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When the weather gets cold, you may want to cozy up indoors by lighting a candle or two. However, it’s important to keep candle safety considerations in mind when doing so.

All it takes is a single candle mishap to quickly escalate into a devastating fire within your home. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association claims that there is an average of 21 home fires caused by candles every day—with 85% of them being avoidable.

Candle incidents can be avoided by practicing...

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Your home is one of your greatest assets and a significant long-term investment. As such, it’s vital to protect your home and its contents with adequate homeowners insurance. Nevertheless, recent research found that many homeowners lack proper coverage. In fact, nearly 2 out of every 3 homes in America are underinsured—which means that the home is protected to an extent by a homeowners policy, but that policy doesn’t have sufficient limits or coverage features to cover the full expense of a...

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You can’t control the weather—but you can take proactive safety measures to protect your family and home against the threat of power outages. Consider these tips:

  • Invest in a home generator. A portable backup power source can keep critical equipment like refrigerators, sump pumps and air conditioners running during a blackout.
  • Utilize surge protectors. A UL-listed surge protector can safeguard expensive electronic devices like televisions, gaming consoles and desktop...
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Being efficient while working from home can be a challenge. It’s up to you to motivate yourself and be just as focused and effective as you would in the workplace.

Set yourself up for success, and consider these tips to stay accountable and productive:

  • Establish a designated workspace. It might be tempting to work from your couch or bed, but that could impact your productivity. Try to work from a consistent room, desk or chair so you can mentally enter...
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Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

When preparing to leave for a vacation, it’s easy to overlook basic home safety precautions. To protect your residence while you’re away and enjoy a worry-free trip, keep these tips in mind.

There are a number of hazards that could affect your home while you’re away, including lightning, theft and flooding. In order to keep your property safe while you’re on vacation, consider the following:

  • Unplug small appliances and...
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