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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 […]

Prep Your Home for Winter

Dec 19, 2018

As the temperature drops and the chill in the air turns to frost, it’s time to turn your attention to ensuring your home is ready for winter. Much like your car, your home needs some preparation for the upcoming elements, too. Here are some tips to help make sure your abode is cozy, energy-efficient and […]

Quick Fix: How to Remove Salt Residue From Your Floor With Vinegar

Dec 10, 2018

When temperatures dip below freezing, road salt or ice melt can help prevent ice from forming on roads and walkways. But when that salt gets tracked into your home and onto your floors, you might be looking for a quick way to get rid of the mess. Luckily, there are easy ways to remove it. […]

How to Heat Your Home Safely

Nov 14, 2018

There’s nothing better than settling into a warm house while the cold wind blows outside. But, getting — and keeping — your home heated may pose a safety issue if you don’t take the right precautions. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading months for home heating fires are December, January and February. Additionally, some of […]

Thrifty Holiday Gifting: Inexpensive Toddler Gifts

Nov 9, 2018

It’s easy to overspend on holiday gifts when the intended recipient is a toddler. After all, what can be more heartwarming than seeing a little one tear open a gift package with glee? That expectation makes them one of the most enjoyable groups to shop for. But, the truth is, you won’t spoil the holidays […]

How to Make Your Own Compass

Nov 6, 2018

Here’s a great little outdoor challenge: assemble a compass with these instructions from noaa.gov. It’s a fun way to show kids how people navigated the “old-school” way, before GPS and apps. What you’ll need: Sewing needle (1-2 inches long) Small magnet Small piece of cork (from a wine bottle is great) Small cup of water […]