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Holiday Survival Guide
view of a snow covered evergreen tree and home with a red brick chimney.
Winter is here. And while you’ve probably fired up the furnace and stocked up on firewood already have you studied up on carbon monoxide safety? A common output of malfunctioning or improperly used appliances, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s nicknamed the “silent killer” because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it.…
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If you’re a roadtripper who likes to camp along the way, you probably know what a difference good camping gear can make. Whether you’re on the hunt for some cool new gear or just like to keep up with the latest trends, here’s what two experienced campers (David Brown of the America Outdoors Association and Joe…
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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…
Car with Ribbon
When you turn on the TV in the months leading up to the holidays, chances are you’ll see at least one commercial in which some lucky person is led outside by their parent, spouse or partner to find a brand-new car with a big red bow wrapped around it. Everybody rejoices, and the recipient of…
Holiday Shopping: Prepper Style
Doomsday preppers: Most of us have heard of them, thanks to the bevy of reality TV shows that are dedicated to nearly every interesting lifestyle nowadays. And though you probably don’t share the same level of anxiety about surviving the holidays as preppers associate with the end of days, you might learn a thing or…
Road Trip with the Kids
Winter holidays are nearly here! Whether you’re planning a short Thanksgiving outing, or a longer family road trip over the New Year weekend, now is the time to prep your car and make sure the entire family is ready for any journey. If you’ve ever driven more than a few hours straight with kids in…
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Cold weather and accumulating snow might make for treacherous driving, but for kids (and the young at heart) piles of winter snow provide a winter wonderland of imagination and creation. Often times, making a pleasant addition to the yard in front of your home can both add to the ambiance of the neighborhood and possibly…
Clogged Drains During the Holidays
The winter holidays are certainly a festive time for many homeowners, but they can also be a particularly tough time for your plumbing and sewer lines. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of paper waste can resulted in clogged drains and are frequent culprits of pipe-clogging…
‘Black Friday’ Shopping Safety Tips
Keep an eye on your wallet this week as you scour store sales for great discounts this holiday season. Black Friday marks the kick-off for holiday shopping, and with it, an increase in identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone “steals” your identity in the form of a credit card, social security number or debit…
Snowmobile
The snowy trails are calling, and if you’re considering an investment in a new snowmobile, there’s plenty from which to choose. Our helpful guide can help you choose the one that best suits your needs. But remember, no matter which machine you choose, ride your snowmobile safely and protect your investment.   Photo courtesy of…