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Preparing kids safely for Spring sports season

Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children. We know that one of the worst things for kids is being on the sidelines with an injury. As parents and coaches, there are simple things we can do to help reduce preventable injuries – so our kids can continue playing the games

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Protect your identity at tax time

Whether you owe money or are expecting a refund, preparing your own tax return or hiring a professional, tax time can be, well, taxing. The last thing you probably want to worry about is identity thieves tapping into your financial accounts, opening new lines of credit or committing other types of theft or fraud. But according to CyberScout,

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How to protect your debit card from fraud

Debit cards now account for almost 60 percent of purchases made with plastic, and 90 percent of households with bank accounts have a linked debit card. With the increased use of debit cards over cash and credit cards, it is also easier for thieves to steal your personal information. Take these preventive steps to keep

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Why personal security is everyone’s responsibility

The national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities. Police and security forces are hard at work, but public safety is the

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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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