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Seniors more vulnerable to home burglaries

Crime has evolved over the last few decades. Today’s wrongdoers have largely turned to hacking, scams, or fraud to get the money or personal information they want, often through digital means. Fortunately, public awareness and education on cyb

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Boom times: The importance of fireworks safety

Fireworks are often a part of Michigan's summer traditions, but it’s important to know how to handle them safely. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says fireworks are the cause of approximately 18,500 fires every year. Even a simple

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'Smart home’ security systems aren’t as safe as you think, NCSU researchers warn

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified design flaws in “smart home” Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices that allow third parties to prevent devices from sharing information. The flaws can be used to prevent security systems

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How to spruce up your home security

For many of us, our spring cleaning rituals are well underway. And although clearing away the clutter, shaking dust from rugs, wiping down woodwork and dusting off outdoor furniture can bring much satisfaction, there are other tasks you should be a

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What to look for when doing a final home walkthrough

When the process of purchasing a home is nearly complete, many buyers start focusing on other details such as packing up their belongings or looking at paint samples. However, there is one more crucial step to complete before closing on a house, an

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Home security tips for seniors

Seniors are often targeted by criminals. Though many criminals target seniors from afar via telephone or internet, criminals still seek to enter seniors’ homes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers that, between 2003 and 2013, the ratio of

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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). Her

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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. Dr

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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

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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

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