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The holiday season is a time when people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. People are often in a rush buying gifts, decorating their homes, visiting friends or traveling. READ MORE >>

Thanksgiving, the day Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate, cook and eat, is the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (USFA), the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is three times as high as on any other day of the year. READ MORE >>

Both hunters and non-hunters alike can safely share the great outdoors. Fall is hunting season throughout the U.S. and a great time to remind anyone who loves autumn recreation—hunters, anglers, hikers, mountain bikers, birders or campers—how to enjoy and safely share the great outdoors. READ MORE >>

The Travelers 2017 Risk Index is out, and for the fifth year in a row, fewer American consumers, business owners and executives think the world is becoming a riskier place.  This year, 52% of consumers say they believe the world is getting riskier, compared to 56% in 2016 and 63% in 2013 when the study was first conducted, as shown in the chart below from Travelers. READ MORE >>

We all know the saying to help us remember to adjust our clocks for the daylight saving time changes (this Sunday in case you are wondering). But, what can we do to help workers adjust to the effects of the time change?  A few studies have examined these issues but many questions remain on this topic including the best strategies to cope with the time changes. READ MORE >>

As winter approaches, some people are affected by daylight getting shorter. For some, it’s a minor change in mood and others experience a deep depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What causes this? READ MORE >>

While stocking up on sugary sweets is a top priority for little tykes this time of year, Halloween fire safety should be at the top of your list to keep everyone's experience fun and enjoyable. The spirit of Halloween may be spooky, but nobody wants a real tragedy on All Hallows Eve. READ MORE >>

Halloween can be fun for the young and young at heart, but it can also be a bit scary if you’re unprepared for the potential hazards due to an influx of visiting vampires, ghosts, and Disney characters. Do you know if you're properly covered by your homeowners' insurance company? READ MORE >>

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 >>

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