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Dashing through the snow? Follow these safety tips

Michigan boasts some of the best snowmobile riding options in the country, but every year there are multiple crashes on local roads and trails. For that reason, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of safe riding tips that will help keep riders safe once the snow starts to fly. Always keep

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How to prep your home for the coming winter

As the temperature drops and the chill in the air turns to frost, it’s time to turn your attention to ensuring your home is ready for winter. Much like your car, your home needs some preparation for the upcoming elements, too. Here are some tips to help make sure your abode is cozy, energy-efficient and

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Take to the open road with an auto emergency kit

Emergencies can happen to anyone. Whether you run out of fuel, puncture a tire, or slip off a snowy road, keep a car emergency kit to help you get back on the road safely and quickly. In addition to the items listed below, a cellular phone is highly advised. Make sure your cell phone is

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Homeowners’ big decision: Flood insurance coverage

When Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston last August, it dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the city and put entire neighborhoods underwater. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott estimated the damages at $180 billion, and many residents found they are on the hook for repairs to their houses. According to an analysis by The Washington

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Clean indoor air can help reduce asthma attacks

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 million Americans, including roughly seven million children, have asthma, a number that has steadily risen in recent years. Asthma is more than occasional wheezing or feeling out of breath during physical activity. It is a chronic condition that can lead to coughing,

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Winter preparations: Tips for protecting your home from winter damage

Freezing temperatures, ice, snow and wind can cause severe damage to your home and property. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, here are some areas to evaluate to help protect your home: Build-up of ice and snow on your roof Ice dams occur when heat from a house escapes the attic

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How to communicate with loved ones after a disaster

After a disaster, it can often be difficult to communicate with loved ones. Hurricanes, tornadoes and other emergencies may cause power outages or overwhelm cellular services, sometimes making normal lines of communication nearly impossible. Here are some tips to help communicate with your family in an emergency: Before a disaster strikes The Federal Communications Commission

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Follow these tips for a safe Halloween

Halloween may be a night of fun and fright, but it does require extra caution when it comes to keeping your little monsters safe. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent

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Concern rising over phony security alarm sales

Home security systems are supposed to protect you from criminals, but rogue alarm companies and dishonest sales people have figured out ways to rip off people who already have a system or who want to buy one. “Complaints about home alarm sales are now an area of particular concern,” according to the 2017 Consumer Complaint

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New apartment? Do the ‘walk-through’ the right way

You’ve found a great apartment in your price range and are ready to move in. But before you pack your bags and boxes and load up the moving truck, you’ll want to do an apartment walk-through. Essentially, it’s like running through a home safety checklist; you walk through the apartment with your landlord or rental

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