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Protecting your home from a hailstorm

A hailstorm can begin unexpectedly and cause damage to your home’s windows, roof and siding. In fact, in an average year, hail causes more than $1.6 billion in roofing damage alone, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). Here are some steps you can take to help protect your property and minimize hail

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Spring cleaning the yard? Follow these safety tips

Blue skies, chirping birds, warming temperatures — April is prime time for getting home exteriors, yards, and gardens back into shape. But before you get started on your outdoor to-do list, make sure you take appropriate safety precautions. Dress for the job Wear shoes or boots, not sandals, to protect your toes. Properly fitting gloves

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Winter means heightened carbon monoxide risk

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas. And although we can’t see it, carbon monoxide can be deadly. Keep your family safe by preventing exposure and knowing the signs of this possible hazard. Preventing CO poisoning Use CO alarms. Place a CO alarm on every floor of your house, especially near any

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How to prevent pipes from freezing

For anyone living in Michigan where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, a few precautionary steps to help protect your plumbing can be a cost-effective way to help avoid cleaning up after a burst pipe. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says one frozen pipe that bursts may result in more than $5,000

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Protect your parcels: Tips for thwarting ‘porch pirates’

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. Beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky,

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How to build your home repair expert crew

A home needs its support crew — tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, handymen and gutter cleaners willing to show up in an emergency, but also reliable enough to do the regular maintenance needed to prevent a disaster. Finding reliable and seasoned professionals takes time and means keeping in touch with the ones you have so that

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Make safety part of your winter workout routine

Michigan winters mean snow, ice, freezing temperatures and darker days. Even though staying active during these conditions may not seem ideal, there are many health benefits, both physical and mental, to working out during the winter months. Of course, adding snow and ice to a workout routine presents additional challenges and health risks. Before you

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Why do people die shoveling snow?

Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, SnOMG! There is no end to the terms for “really big snowstorm,” and those terms came in handy, particularly in America’s snowiest cities. Just check out these average annual snowfall totals, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Mt. Washington, NH – 281.2 inches Houghton, MI – 207.7 inches Syracuse, NY –

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Selling your Home? How to Keep the Criminals Away

A news story featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” highlights the vulnerability of homes that are listed “For Sale.” According to the report, unknown teens broke into a home that was listed for sale and threw a destructive party while the homeowner was away. Unfortunately, homes that are listed “For Sale” are often targets for

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When it Comes to Skiing, Don’t Take a Crash Course

Many of us remember the day we heard that Sonny Bono, a California congressman and half of the singing duo Sonny and Cher, had died while on a ski trip with his family in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Bono was no amateur when it came to skiing. In fact, CNN quoted a family spokesperson as saying

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