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It’s that time of year, again. Severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes will start to be a mainstay in the forecasts. Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months, according to Ready.gov. READ MORE >>

Your home likely took a beating this winter, so you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter. Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. READ MORE >>

“Alexa, tell me what time it is.” “Hey Google, turn the air conditioning down by two degrees.” “Ring, who is at my door?” Our homes are smart, but unfortunately, so are hackers. Are we at risk when connecting our HVAC and burglar alarm systems to the internet? READ MORE >>

Despite the fact that not everyone loves American football — particularly in light of its recent politicization via the "Take a Knee" campaign — most everyone loves a party. That makes the ad hoc holiday known as Super Sunday a time for football fans and foes to come together to eat, drink and play armchair TV critic. READ MORE >>

Ahh…the go-to, easy-to-use appliance in our kitchens—crock-pots. They put the question, “What’s for dinner?” to rest and give our homes and apartments the home-cooked meal smell. Here are some trusted tips to consider when using your crock-pot: Not everything is better with age READ MORE >>

Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing. We’ve pulled together tips to help prevent frozen pipes and list of suggestions for you to follow if they do. READ MORE >>

Everyone enjoys being part of the holiday preparations from testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies. But when there are a lot of people and lots of activity going on around you, it's easy to get distracted. Get eight simple fire-safety tips that can help you and your family reduce the risk of kitchen fires during this joyous time of year. READ MORE >>

Between giving gifts, preparing large meals, and planning family gatherings, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Adding another thing to think about may seem overwhelming, but home safety is an important consideration. READ MORE >>

Dryers are among the least-discussed fire threats in the home, but can be a major risk when not properly monitored and managed. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the government entity devoted to emergency response and prevention, states that 2,900 ... READ MORE >>

As the cold weather moves in and the holiday season begins, it is time to bring out the lights and decorations to help celebrate the season. This is a time of excitement, so it can be easy to overlook the potential hazards of lights and decorations. READ MORE >>

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