prevent pipes from freezing
Granted, Benjamin Franklin had fire safety in mind when, in 1736, he famously advised Philadelphians that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But his words could…
#FamilyGames Cotton Ball Medley
#FamilyGames is a series of fun winter challenges we created so that the entire family can play inside when it’s too cold to play outside. Ready to test your strength, your…
Are Icicles a Sign of an Ice Dam?
Perhaps you saw them around the holidays: white or blue outdoor lights that simulate trickling icicles. Or greeting cards that depict houses with large icicles hanging from the gutters. While…
Winter Safety: What to Do During a Snowstorm
You may love snow and the promise of winter activities that it brings. But winter storms can also have a dark side. Blizzards, for instance, can cause safety hazards and even damage…
Before You Go: Steps to Keep Your Home Safe During a Winter Vacation
The snow has certainly been piling up in Chicago this year. And, for some people, that means it’s time for a getaway to someplace warm and snow-free. Before you go…
Denver home with snow
Although Denver has had a very quiet first-half to the 2013 -14 snow season, Coloradans know that, because the Front Range can receive much of its annual snowfall during the…
Start fireplace fire
Historically, the hearth has marked the spot where we’ve gathered to cook, warm up or simply muse over the events of the day. And that tradition still burns bright in…
Winterizing Your Atlanta Home’s Exterior
Metro Atlanta may see average temperatures as low as 28 degrees by January, if Weather Channel historical data is any indication. With these cold temperatures likely ahead, it’s time to make…
Holiday sewer backups and thefts more likely for IL residents
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year; unfortunately, they can also be hazardous. According to a new report from Allstate, Illinois claims for sewer back-ups and theft…
What it Means to Be Winter-Ready in Arizona
We’re used to extreme temperatures. Thermometers are known to reach 119 degrees in the summer months, after all. But Arizonans sometimes forget they can also drop to freezing or below during…