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Coffee cup on table by fireplace.
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…
20 Days to Ready: Fix Up a First Aid Kit (Day 9)
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. ASSIGNMENT: Compile a First Aid Kit First aid kits are a…
lightning in the sky
A lightning bolt can be an awe-inspiring, dramatic phenomenon. But, along with its striking appearance comes potential risks. Every thunderstorm is dangerous, Ready.gov reports. That’s why it’s important to know what to do to help keep your loved ones safe when severe weather strikes. Here are five common myths about lightning and the truth behind them. Myth #1: Lightning…
parked cars on the street covered in snow.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year, with its snowy landscapes and clear, starry nights — but cold weather can bring its challenges, too. Whether you’re hibernating at home or braving the roads, here are some tips to help keep you safe. On the Road Spotlight on Safety: 5 Winter Driving Tips Winter driving tips…
snow and icicles on the roof's edge of a home.
Perhaps you saw them around the holidays: white or blue outdoor lights that simulate sparkling icicles. Or maybe they were on holiday card, hanging from the eaves of a picturesque house. While icicles often look pretty, they may actually cause a lot of trouble for your home. Are Icicles a Sign Something Is Amiss? Icicles…
icicles hanging off a frozen pipe.
For anyone living in an area where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, a few precautionary steps to help protect your plumbing can be a cost-effective way to help avoid cleaning up after a burst pipe. Consider that the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says one frozen pipe that bursts may result in…
power outage supplies.
You may want to plan for the possibility of a power outage now, instead of scrambling for a flashlight when the lights go out. Here are four categories to keep in mind when preparing for a power outage, no matter the cause. 1. Sanitation When the power goes out, some important appliances stop working, and…
spot hail damage
Depending on where you live and the severity of the storm, hail can be either a minor irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), hailstones fall to earth from 30,000 feet, reaching up to 120 mph before they hit trees, vehicles and structures. These storms cause $1 billion in damages to crops and property each…
wildfire
Some areas may be more prone than others, but wildfires can happen anywhere in the U.S., according to Ready.gov. Wildfires can be caused by natural phenomena, like lightning, or by humans (accidentally or intentionally), and can start in national parks, wilderness areas or even your backyard. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there were more than 67,000 wildfires that burned over…
pipe with a blue water valve.
Natural disasters come in many shapes and sizes, and they can strike without warning. But emergency planning may help minimize the risks when such events do happen. And knowing how to shut off utilities — long before a disaster occurs — is something that should be a part of every emergency plan, according to the…