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How to prepare your home against a wildfire

If you live in an area that’s at risk of a wildfire, you’ll likely want to take precautions to help protect your home. Consider these tips to help create some lines of defense so you’re more prepared if a wildfire affects your area. Maintain landscaping It’s important to create a barrier between your home and

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Keeping our kids safe in the water

The summer season will soon be upon us, and many families will soon be heading to the beach. Sadly, it’s also the time when many children drown: An estimated 1,000 children fatally drowned in a single year in the U.S., most of them between May and August. In addition, more than 7,000 children are taken

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Follow these tips for safer online shopping

Love online shopping? You’re not alone. The National Retail Federation says online retail grew 8%-12% in 2017, up to three times higher than the growth rate of total retail sales. Clearly, many enjoy the benefits of online shopping. You don’t have to fight traffic to drive to the mall and circle the parking lot. Online

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Stay secure while tackling home remodeling projects

Burglars are opportunistic creatures. If they see a vulnerable home, they are going to strike. Overgrown lawns, newspapers piled up in the driveway, a dark and quiet interior – these are clues that tell burglars the owners may be out of town and the home is vacant. In addition to travelers, though, there is another group of

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Is your home ready for Spring? This checklist can help

Spring at last! It’s an exciting time of year, but it’s also a time to get things done. While spring cleaning is common, there are actually a few other things you should do to keep your home safe as the seasons change. The checklist below can help you make sure your home is ready for

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Help prevent slips and falls in and around your home

Something as simple as a decorative rug or lamp cord can lead to an accidental fall in your home. That’s why it can be helpful to look at each area of your home with fresh eyes, and work to spot any potential hazards that may cause someone to experience an injury in or around your

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Apartment security tips for Spring and Summer

As temperatures begin to rise and you’re excited for the warmer seasons ahead, it’s still a good idea to remain vigilant with your apartment security. Here are some security tips to consider to help protect your apartment and valuables this spring and summer. Use outdoor lighting and timers Does your apartment come with an outdoor

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Preparing kids safely for Spring sports season

Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children. We know that one of the worst things for kids is being on the sidelines with an injury. As parents and coaches, there are simple things we can do to help reduce preventable injuries – so our kids can continue playing the games

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Protect your identity at tax time

Whether you owe money or are expecting a refund, preparing your own tax return or hiring a professional, tax time can be, well, taxing. The last thing you probably want to worry about is identity thieves tapping into your financial accounts, opening new lines of credit or committing other types of theft or fraud. But according to CyberScout,

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How to protect your debit card from fraud

Debit cards now account for almost 60 percent of purchases made with plastic, and 90 percent of households with bank accounts have a linked debit card. With the increased use of debit cards over cash and credit cards, it is also easier for thieves to steal your personal information. Take these preventive steps to keep

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