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Beware of the Sigh-of-Relief Syndrome after the Holidays

Did you know the risk for home fire increases after Christmas Day? Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that the days with the highest average number of fires are after the holiday ends, often due to a ‘sigh-of-relief’ syndrome that occurs the day after Christmas.

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Important Safety Reminders for Winter Storms

As sure as winter follows fall, winter storms aren’t far behind, either – just like the one that blew through Texas, leaving behind millions in damages. Take time to review a number of important reminders to keep you, your family and home safe during winter storms. Let’s review a handy pre-storm prep list:

During/After a Storm

Be attentive to severe weather warnings.

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Don’t Make these Holiday Travel Mistakes

With more travelers than ever setting out on holiday excursions this year, mistakes are bound to be made. If you plan on hitting the road this week, steer clear of these five, courtesy of renowned map and atlas publisher Randy McNally:

1. Putting Safety Last (Minute)
Always put safety first. Schedule a tune-up to give the car a thorough check,

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Apps to Help Navigate Your Teen through Important Health Topics

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be overwhelming for parents and teens alike. Parents know how important it is to manage their child’s health when they are young, ensuring they receive necessary medical care. However, as children become teens and young adults, and begin to take responsibility for their own health, there is often a decline in preventive care.

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Checklist for a Reindeer-Ready Roof!

The holidays are fast approaching! Amid the gift-giving, gathering with loved ones and decorating, the season serves as an important reminder for homeowners to make their roofs “reindeer-ready,” or review their roofs.

To do that, the experts at the Metal Roofing Alliance advise completing the following checklist, which can be done without a ladder:

  • Review your homeowner’s insurance policy closely and pay attention to specifics on what is and is not covered under the agreement.
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Tips to Safely Install a Standby Generator in Your Home

Standby generators, backup electrical systems that automatically operate after a power outage, can aid homeowners tremendously in the wake of a severe storm. Considering installing a standby generator in your home? Consult a professional dealer first—and ask them these five questions before purchasing—say the experts at Briggs & Stratton.

1. What size generator is right for my home?

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Protect Yourself from Travel Cybercrime this Holiday Season

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is among the busiest travel times of the year. In 2014, more than 98 million traveled over the holiday period, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. These busy, unassuming travelers could be a hacker’s ideal target, as more than half of respondents in a 2015 The Travelers Companies survey say they rarely take precautions,

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Modern Home Fires Burn Hotter and Faster

While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in .8 percent of home fires,

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