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Hurricane Protection for Your Home

If you live in a hurricane-prone zone, here are ten hurricane protection tips to help you stay safe and prevent hurricane damage.

Secure Windows:  If you live along the coast, homemade plywood or professionally built shutters are a must when storms are imminent.  Buy ½ inch plywood stamped...

Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Bathroom Faucets

Winterizing your vacation home is an important step to make sure that it stays cozy and secure as outdoor temperatures dip. Failing to winterize your home can result in problems like water leaks, bursting pipes, structural damage and invading pests or rodents. 

Here's how to winterize your home...

Fire

As winter weather rolls in, renters should reevaluate their contents insurance policies to ensure they have coverage for fire damage to personal property. Residential fires are more common in winter months than any other time of year, according to the US Fire Administration. Residential fires...

Seasons

Ugh, ice and snow! You might react to winter weather changes with some predictable grumbling, but your house has different ways of expressing itself. Unfortunately, some of those expressions could result in ice damage that could’ve been prevented. Here are some tips that can help homeowners...

Home Safety

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...