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There is no Halloween tradition quite like carving a pumpkin! Sticking your hands in to scoop out the slimy guts, carving a scary face or design on the side of the pumpkin, and baking the seeds to eat as a snack later is practically mandatory during this season. READ MORE >>

  More people today access the Internet from smartphones and tablets than from desktops or laptops, and many times this use is through downloaded applications, better known as “apps.” U.S. consumers spend five hours per day on mobile devices and 85% of that time is spent on apps. READ MORE >>

  Your phone can be compromised in a surprising number of ways. Because mobile phones are so valuable to hackers, new exploits are always being discovered. Here are the most frequent dangers and what you can do to protect yourself against them. What hackers value READ MORE >>

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some vital trick-or-treating tips before you accompany your child. 1. Plan a route in advance. READ MORE >>

Autumn is fraught with driving hazards, so know the risks and prepare Fall driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes, the end of daylight saving time and the start of school. These guidelines can help keep you, and others, safe while on the road. READ MORE >>

Appliances are all around our home, but we don’t often recognize their potential safety hazards. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on professional inspections or go off the grid to keep your home and family safe. READ MORE >>

Studies show hands-free technology does not eliminate cognitive distraction. Nothing diminishes the sorrow when a life is lost in a traffic incident, but if the tragedy can shed light and improve public awareness on safer driving practices, there is an opportunity for some greater good. A U.S. READ MORE >>

An average of 75 people have died in the U.S. from flash floods each year from 2004-2013, according to the National Weather Service. That's more than double the average death toll from lightning. Percent of flood-related deaths by situation from 1995-2010, excluding Hurricane Katrina flood deaths. READ MORE >>

  Flash flooding is among the most dangerous roadway hazards a driver can face. However, with the right knowledge, you can keep your car, your family and yourself safe even when one of these events comes to pass.  Knowledge is power READ MORE >>

After a close call in my apartment–who knew olive oil is bad for high-heat cooking? – it dawned on me that I had never used a fire extinguisher. I’m no fire chief, but learning on the fly while your smoke detector is blaring seems like the wrong time to figure that out. READ MORE >>

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