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Spring safety reminders for your home

Yearning to get outside? After a long cold winter hunkered indoors, it’s time to get outside and start working on our spring cleaning and home to-do list. As you prepare for the spring and summer months ahead, here’s a handy checklist for you to easily reference to ensure you have a safe and secure home.

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Potholes everywhere! How to handle them safely

It’s an unwelcome sign of Spring across Michigan. Motorists encountering multiple miles of pothole-ridden highways. While a few of them may be small, most of them are quite large and create for a very bumpy, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous ride to work, school. or shopping. Many potholes are caused when relentless freezing and thawing of

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Choosing a safe car for your teen

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the risk of a car accident is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than any other age group. In 2010 alone, nearly 282,000 teens wound up in emergency rooms after wrecks. Some good news: The most important safety feature in a car — the driver —

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Top 5 home security gadgets priced at $20 or less

Keeping your family and your home safe is a top priority, so here’s a look at some gadgets you can get that won’t break your bank. We all have budgets, and these top items can improve your safety for $20 or less. They’re not a full-fledged security system, but some little things together can provide

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Mistakes you’re making with your home security systems and what you can do about them

Many Americans may wrongly think that property crime nationwide has increased year after year, but such thoughts are not in touch with reality. Statistics has shown that like violent crime, property crime has decreased year after year since 1990. But does that make the task of protecting your home and properties easier or even unnecessary?

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Home security tips for winter

Did you know home break-ins increase during the winter months? Since the days become shorter, the evenings become darker quickly, which normally means homeowners are not around when the home is dark. Motion sensor lighting and video can help to protect a home from burglaries. Coming home to a break-in is a devastating moment for

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January deadliest month for carbon monoxide poisoning

According to a study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning. At least two people die each day from carbon-monoxide poisoning in January—three times the fatality rate recorded in August and July. Unintentional carbon monoxide exposure accounted for 15,000 emergency

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Ski safety: Tips for the slopes

Why do we love to snowboard and ski? That’s a silly question with an easy answer: because it’s fun. A significant contributor to the fun of downhill snow sports is the sensation of sliding down the hill, in control but at speeds that are higher than we humans would normally be able to achieve without

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Sitting safe: How to choose a child’s car seat

There are three types of child car seats: rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seat. Even though there are many different models to choose from, all car seats sold must meet the same U.S. federal safety standards. Rear-facing car seat. This is your baby’s first car seat, often used from 5 to 40 pounds. Forward-facing car seat.

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Spotlight on safety: Winter driving tips

With our cold, snowy winter in progress in the Midwest and Northeast, drivers should expect more wet weather and low temperatures in the coming months. The following winter driving tips will help prepare you for whatever Jack Frost throws your way this season: Be prepared It’s important to be prepared during this time of year,

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