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The Allstate Blog Team

The Allstate Blog Team

Stories by The Allstate Blog Team

Science Made Simple: How a Fire Extinguisher Works

Feb 19, 2018

Have you ever wondered how a fire extinguisher works? How exactly does the chemical inside the container put out a fire? Find out why one particular chemical works so well on three different types of fires. To start, it’s important to understand that there are three things fires need: fuel, heat and oxygen, according to […]

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Tips for Making Your Own Snow Sculpture

Feb 16, 2018

You may have seen elaborate sculptures made from sand or carved in ice, but what about snow? While building a snowman may be a traditional winter activity, creating a snow sculpture could offer a new challenge this year. Even if you are a first-timer, following these simple tips can help you make a snow sculpture your whole […]

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Science Made Simple: Why You Shouldn’t Mix Bleach and Vinegar

Feb 12, 2018

There are a lot of chemicals in your home that shouldn’t be mixed — and one of the most dangerous pairings is bleach and vinegar, warns Kate Biberdorf, Ph.D., a chemistry lecturer and director of demonstrations and outreach for The University of Texas at Austin. What exactly happens when you mix these two liquids, and […]

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The 5 Big Baby Expenses You Need to Plan For

Feb 9, 2018

From having a baby to keeping her healthy and happy — raising a child is not cheap. According to the Department of Agriculture‘s 2015 report Cost of Raising a Child, parents can expect to pay between $12,350 and $13,900 a year for child-related expenses. A middle-income family (making between $59,200 and $107,400) may spend about […]

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Renovation Rundown: What Are the Steps in a Home Renovation?

Feb 8, 2018

While not every home renovation works in the exact same order, you may want to follow a certain course to help avoid unnecessary work. For example, you don’t want to close walls and paint, only to realize you need to add a new plumbing stack that requires going behind the wall again. Many renovation projects involve multiple steps. Here are 10 common steps […]

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Science Made Simple: Why Water Can Make a Grease Fire Worse

Feb 5, 2018

More than 50 percent of cooking fires are caused by grease, cooking oils or fats, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Whether you’re preparing a holiday meal or a quick snack, you should know what to do if a grease fire starts in your kitchen. One rule: Never try to put it out […]

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6 Tips for Packing Your Storage Unit

Jan 29, 2018

If you’re planning on putting some or all of your belongings in a storage unit, preparing before you load up the space may help make the process smoother and keep your items better protected. Having a plan may let you use the room more efficiently and also make it easier to find items if you […]

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What to Do When Your Identity Is Stolen

Jan 24, 2018

An unfamiliar charge on your bank statement. A collection notice for a mysterious debt. A medical charge for a treatment you never had. These are all tell-tale signs of a stolen identity. If you discover any of these red flags (or others), it’s important to act quickly, because identity theft can cost you. More than […]

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How to Winterize the Inside of Your Home

Jan 23, 2018

Homeowners typically know they need to protect the outside of their homes from winter weather extremes. But what about maintenance to help you stay comfortable and safe inside when the temperatures drop? Here are some considerations on where to start. Thermostat Ranges Energy.gov suggests using a programmable thermostat to maintain certain temperatures throughout the day. You may want to set yours […]

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4 Wildfire Myths Debunked

Jan 22, 2018

Wildfires can be unpredictable — that’s part of what can make them dangerous. However, there are some things you can do that may help you protect yourself and your property. Take a look at the truth behind four wildfire myths to learn what to do if a fire breaks out in your area. Myth #1: […]

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