winter driving
Heading out on the highway during the busy holiday season can be stressful, which makes proper preparation even more important. While preparing your vehicle and adjusting your speed can be helpful, Ken Shields, an Allstate agent in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, would like to focus on distracted driving. “Not long ago, I found myself in a…
Survive a Night in a Car
It’s a harrowing statistic, but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), approximately 70 percent of winter weather-related injuries occur in an automobile. Many of those vehicle-related injuries may have begun with someone simply leaving the house to run an errand, make a short trip to visit family or friends,…
home safety
Home safety may not be the first thing you think about when moving into a new home. Sure, you may have had a home inspector check the property before you bought the place, but this inspection may not find every defect in a home. To help guide you, here’s a home safety checklist you may want to…
disaster preparedness
Disasters and emergencies may strike at any time. So, what do you do if you’re living on the 20th floor or your building loses power? Remember, emergency preparedness is not just a concern for homeowners — renters need to be prepared as well. Here are some rental-specific tips to help get you started. 1. Make an Emergency…
first-time homebuyers
Dreaming about your first home? Some first-time homebuyers can tell you, buying a home can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. Before you start viewing listings and attending open houses, it helps to learn about your financing options. There’s a chance that your first purchase may not be your “forever” home, but more likely a…
Tips for Staying Safe During a Haboob
Haboob: It’s an unusual term for a rare but potentially dangerous event — an intense dust storm. Generally, haboobs occur in the deserts of North Africa or Arabia, and the term itself is Arabic for “strong wind,” but the U.S. is no stranger to this spectacular dust storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that in Arizona…
Activities to Help Put the ‘Thanks’ Back in Thanksgiving
When family and friends get together on Thanksgiving, it’s not just about the turkey and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have and sharing that gratitude with our family and friends. On Turkey Day, many people take turns going around the table saying what they are thankful for, but there are other,…
House
Looking for a new home can be exciting — and overwhelming. In order to properly assess the quality of a house, there are some key things you should check out early on as you’re going through a showing, before you put in an offer. Download a printable checklist. Take a look at these videos featuring tips from a…
Mother Helping Child with Homework
After a long, fun summer, back-to-school time is upon us! Along with all the excitement of new friends, new teachers and new things to learn, it’s also a great time to make sure all our kids are educated about carbon monoxide (CO) safety. Print out the activities below to help your kids learn about CO to…
Baby clothes
Dryers can use more energy than any other appliance in the home, and are responsible for 2 percent of our nation’s energy consumption, according to Home Energy Magazine. The simple act of hanging those baby clothes out to dry can cut your energy bills and helps the environment, too. It can also extend the life of the fabric so…