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The Allstate Blog Team

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Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Apartment

Mar 19, 2019

Whether you’ve just graduated and are on your own for the first time or you’re an experienced renter, you might want to find ways to show your personality and style in your apartment. Naturally, watching home improvement shows that only cater to homeowners can be a bit frustrating at times. So, if knocking down walls or replacing the carpeting isn’t […]

What You Need to Know About Smoke Detectors

Mar 14, 2019

Smoke detectors are a vital first line of defense for you and your family. But, these devices need to be both installed and maintained correctly in order to provide you with adequate protection. In one quarter of the U.S. home fires in which smoke detectors failed, dead batteries were the cause, according to the National […]

How to Back Up Important Documents for Emergencies

Mar 3, 2019

During an emergency, your filing cabinet may not be the first place you’d run to. But, it often contains essential documents — including passports, marriage certificates, wills and insurance policies — that you don’t want to lose if a disaster strikes. Following these tips, however, can help ensure your essential documents are safe before an emergency even […]

The History of the Stop Sign

Feb 28, 2019

Have you ever wondered why a stop sign is red or why it is shaped like an octagon? To help keep you safe, the stop sign has evolved over the years with a design that gets your attention more easily so you can react more quickly. Here are some facts about the history of the stop sign. […]

Quick Fix: How to Clean Your Car’s Dashboard With a Coffee Filter and Olive Oil

Feb 26, 2019

Keeping your car clean inside and out is a regular task. But you don’t have to buy expensive cleaning products to maintain the interior. Here’s an easy way to get your car’s dashboard clean with common household items. Step 1: Gather Your Supplies Grab a coffee filter and a bottle of olive oil, BobVila.com recommends. […]

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 […]