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man testing a smoke detector.
Smoke detectors and fire alarms may be some of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family’s safety. These early warning devices may help alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate, but they need to be periodically tested to help ensure proper…
foggy windshield
No matter what the climate is like where you live, keeping the temperature comfortable inside your car may mean battling foggy windows. If you live in a climate with cold winters, you’re often using the heater to stay warm in your car, which can result in fog on the inside of your windows. In warm, humid areas, turning on the…
Car driving toward beach.
Living near the ocean can offer a lot of perks. You get the cool ocean breeze, the calming sound of the waves and beautiful views of the sparkling sea. But, while life along the coast may seem ideal, it may not be easy on your car. In fact, certain environmental factors present in coastal locations may cause or accelerate vehicle…
couple holding hands over baby bump.
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…
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Winter Driving Safety?
Some might think that the best thing about winter is snow. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 22 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur in adverse weather like rain, sleet or snow. Are you prepared to drive in the coming winter months? Test your winter safe driving knowledge with this quiz. Originally published on December…
dashboard check engine light
If you’ve been driving for a while, the chances are you’ve seen the little ‘check engine’ light appear on your dashboard. But what does it mean? Should you stop driving immediately? Can you drive to a repair shop? Do you need a tow truck? Is the problem identifiable? Can you fix it yourself? Many situations can…
pouring oil into a frying pan on the stove.
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…
hands turning wrench to remove a lug nuts on a flat tire
Changing a flat tire can certainly be an inconvenience, but it’s also manageable if you’re prepared with the right tools and know-how. Fixing a flat is something every driver should know how to do. Knowing these basic steps can help you get back on the road and potentially avoid an emergency. Put Wheel Wedges in Place Remove…
hallway with multiple storage units.
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…
Chicago skyline purple
The Windy City is known for Michigan Avenue and the breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, but how well do you know the other streets in Chicago? Find out with this quiz: Originally published September 2013.