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How to Build a Better Fire in Your Fireplace

Feb 11, 2019

Knowing how to build a fire in the fireplace can be helpful information on a cold winter’s night. If you’ve never started a fire in a fireplace, here’s how to get started. What Supplies You Need to Build a Fire Extra-long wooden safety strike matches: The longer the better; their length may help prevent you […]

Do Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (And Other Radon FAQs)

Feb 6, 2019

People love granite countertops, though some may worry that it will emit radon — a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones. So, are granite countertops a real risk? Here are some frequently asked questions about radon and the risks associated with granite. Why is radon a possibility […]

Are Icicles a Sign of an Ice Dam on Your Roof?

Feb 4, 2019

Perhaps you saw them around the holidays: white or blue outdoor lights that simulate sparkling icicles. Or maybe they were on holiday card, hanging from the eaves of a picturesque house. While icicles often look pretty, they may actually cause a lot of trouble for your home. Are Icicles a Sign Something Is Amiss? Icicles […]

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

Jan 28, 2019

Your pet is a treasured member of your family, and during an emergency you’ll want to make sure it is safe from harm. Here are some steps you can take before and during a disaster to help protect your beloved pet. Create an Evacuation Plan It’s impossible to know exactly how a disaster would unfold, […]

Tips on How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Jan 23, 2019

When was the last time you cleaned your washing machine? Just like any other appliance in your home, it may be a good idea to clean it regularly. Routine care may help extend the life of your washing machine and potentially improve its ability to do the job in an effective and efficient manner, says Consumer […]

Snow Shoveling Safety: What You Need to Know

Jan 21, 2019

For many parts of the country, winter means snow. It’s beautiful to look at and kids often like to play in it, but it also usually requires shoveling. Snow blowers can help with some of the work, but sometimes you’ll still need a shovel, says Consumer Reports. But shoveling is not safe for everyone. While some […]

Awesome or Atrocious? 4 Car Accessories that Used to Be Cool

Jan 18, 2019

Automakers have always tried to incorporate the latest and greatest gadgets in the cars they make. If you’re old enough to remember a tape deck or an even eight-track player in your car’s dash, though, you know that cutting-edge technology doesn’t always stand the test of time. Here are a few features that were innovative for their time but you won’t […]

8 Helpful Fire Safety Tips for College Students

Jan 17, 2019

Starting college can be an exciting time. From picking out fun accessories for your room to meeting your new roommate, there are a lot of things you’ll experience in those first few weeks. Whether you’re living on-campus or off, you may want to brush up on these simple fire safety tips for your new home […]

Quick Fix: How to Make a Door Draft Blocker

Jan 7, 2019

Chilly winds can sneak into your house under your door. Not only do these drafts leave your toes cold, they may also waste energy because heat escapes through the opening, Energy.gov notes. This DIY draft blocker helps keeps the heat inside, so you can stay warm and toasty. Step 1: Measure the Gap Use a tape measure to determine […]

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing: Steps to Consider

Dec 24, 2018

For anyone living in an area 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. Consider that the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says one frozen pipe that bursts may result in […]