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Tips for closing that summertime cottage

If you own a cottage or summer home, September is bitter sweet. For many, this is the time of year when you decide to close the property for the season. While it can be a sad time of year for those who love the summer heat and everything summer has to offer, it’s important to

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Safety tips for your ‘back-to-schoolers’

When parents talk about school safety these days, they’re usually referring to the surge in violence at schools. But research shows school-age children are nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury—whether on the playground or in school—than to be the victim of violence while at school. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million children

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Born to be safe: Choosing the right motorcycle gear

Before you take your motorcycle on the road, it’s important to consider what gear may help you stay safe and comfortable during your ride. Protective gear serves two purposes: protection and comfort, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Here are some things to consider when choosing the appropriate gear for your ride. Make safety

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Headed outdoors? Here’s what to know

Head for the great outdoors in the summer to hike, swim, camp and enjoy the best that nature has to offer. But accidents and illnesses happen, so it’s wise to learn a bit of wilderness medicine. Be prepared Preparation can help prevent many outdoor mishaps. It allows you to act purposefully, rather than in a

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How to prevent electric shock drowning

Each year, 3,800 people die from drowning. Electric shock drowning occurs when an electric current escapes boats, docks and lights near marinas, shocking nearby swimmers. There are no visible signs of current seeping into water, which makes this a hidden danger. The electric shock paralyzes swimmers, making them unable to swim to safety. Prevent electric

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Injuries from backyard fire pits on the rise

Backyard fire pits have become more common, but experts warn that their popularity carries a growing risk of injuries — especially for children. Fire pits are nearly ubiquitous in backyards across the country, rated recently as the most popular outdoor design feature by the American Society of Landscape Architects. But the trend comes at a

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Here’s the key to avoiding locksmith scams

When you need a locksmith, you might go online to find one. But be careful you don’t get duped by a scam, which harms consumers and damages the reputations and bottom lines of legitimate tradespeople. Here’s how the scams generally work: Scammers create phony online locksmith ads to attract real calls. The ads typically tout

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Household items that can be dangerous to pets

There’s more to being a pet owner than keeping your furry friend up to date on rabies shots and providing healthy food and treats. Did you know that the screens in your windows and even some plants in your garden may pose a hazard to your pet? Help keep your pet safe in your home

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Be prepared with an easy-to-assemble summer first aid kit

Spend your Michigan summer having fun, not in the Emergency Department, by making your own summer first aid kit using this helpful shopping list. Here’s what you need: Water bottle: The first thing you’ll need to do with a crying kid is clean out any wounds. And while the nearest water source may be too

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Thrill of the grill: Cook safely this summer

It happens every year. The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the association adds. According to the Hearth,

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