Pauline Hammerbeck

Pauline Hammerbeck

Stories by Pauline Hammerbeck

Holiday Kitchen Safety: Know the Smoke Points of Cooking Oils

Dec 11, 2013

Sautéing, frying, and deep-fat frying are kitchen tasks associated in serving up golden, crispy foods that are the hallmarks of many holiday celebrations. Think potato pancakes, Swedish meatballs, and deep-fat fried turkeys! But turning out seasonal fried favorites can come with risks, especially if you become distracted or aren’t aware of potential dangers. Fried choices can pose […]

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Fires and Other Home Hazards Spike During the Holidays, Data Show

Nov 19, 2013

The holidays aren’t always as sweet as they could be. Home safety and security frequently bubble up as big concerns, according to a new Allstate claims report that reveals an average of 67,500 homeowners insurance claims take place during the holiday season. Most likely causes of holiday home fires Among the biggest risks are home fires, […]

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Challenge: Spot the Kitchen Fire Hazards [infographic]

Nov 18, 2013

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which reports that they accounted for more than 150,000 home fires and $794 million in damages in 2012. Do you know how to stay fire-safe when you’re cooking in the kitchen? Put your knowledge to the test. See if you […]

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Thinking About a Living Christmas Tree? Know How to Care for One First

Nov 11, 2013

Garlands, lights, wreaths and—for many families—Christmas trees are all part of setting the mood for a festive holiday season. And, in recent years, there’s been a growing trend of using live Christmas trees. Different from the fresh-cut trees found on tree lots or in home improvement centers, living Christmas trees still have their roots; people […]

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From Atlas to Zephyr: Be On the Lookout for Named Winter Storms

Nov 11, 2013

Anybody who followed the news or used social media last fall heard about it: The Weather Channel’s decision to name winter storms. Designed to facilitate the sharing and spreading of information about severe storms, the idea proved successful the company reports. Combining traditional and social media and using storm names as hashtags on platforms like Twitter […]

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Why Stopping Drafts Under Your Door Won’t Save Much Money

Nov 04, 2013

There’s a nip in the air. And whether you live in a brownstone in the city or a big spread in the suburbs, you don’t want the chill to come in with you — or your home’s warmed air to leak out — when you settle in for the night. Air leaks are uncomfortable, maybe […]

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What Type of Firewood is Best?

Nov 04, 2013

From buying it to burning it, knowing a few things about firewood can greatly help the productivity of your wood stove or fireplace this winter. Here are tips culled from the nonprofit Wood Heat Organization to help you prepare. What makes for good firewood? When determining which types of firewood burn better, it’s important to […]

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Daylight Saving: 9 Important Tasks Beyond Changing Your Clocks

Oct 28, 2013

Updated October 2014 Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, when we set our clocks back an hour. Many of the devices we use to tell time will make that change automatically, but, of course, you’ll have to manually adjust some outliers: wall clocks, clock radios, microwave and stove clocks, car […]

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5 Creative Ways to Announce Your Next Move

Oct 23, 2013

If you’re moving to a new home, you could certainly email everyone – or send an online card – to inform them of your new coordinates. Both are efficient methods, and they get the job done. But there are many more creative approaches to announcing your next move. Read on for five fun ideas on how […]

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How to Help Children Cope with a Disaster

Oct 16, 2013

Survivors of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other such events sometimes have a challenge coping in the aftermath. And though adults may shoulder much of the practical burden of recovering, it’s important to recognize that young children and adolescents can face a trying time too. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]

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