Plant a Garden, Not a Fire Threat

Matt Hunter

Spring is in the air and the planting season is getting underway. Gardens are being planned and planted across the country, yet there is an underlying threat that is not top of mind with many – the threat of a mulch fire.

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Shedding Light on Generators

Barry Davis

Power failures can occur at any time of year. Extended power failures can be caused by natural disasters such as windstorms, ice storms, wildfires or earthquakes. Grid-disabling natural disasters can cause power interruptions longer than 24 hours for millions of customers.

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Preventing Sewer Backup with Sewer Backwater Valves

Pierre PronovostOne of the last things a homeowner wants to experience is a sewer backup. Not only is this unpleasant, but it can cause significant property damage and create health hazards. Fortunately, you can help prevent sewer backups by installing a backwater valve. Continue reading

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Winter Weather Update:
Helping Your Home Brave the Elements

Lisa Klehr

With wintry weather conditions still gripping many regions, it’s the perfect time to review preventative measures to help protect your home and family. After several months of cold temperatures and with snow loads accumulating over extended periods of time, your home can become more susceptible to weather-related damage. It’s never too late to double check your preparedness and make sure your home has optimal safety and protective measures in place.

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Checking Smoke Detectors

Jerry Scaini

Does your home have a smoke alarm? A fire can grow quickly, leaving you with a window of only one or two minutes to get out safely. Early notification of a fire is critical, which is why smoke detectors are so important.

But how do you know your smoke detector is functioning correctly? Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions: Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Art Collection

Stephanie McNeil

January is here and so are New Year’s Resolutions!
Whether or not you have set any new goals, this is
a great time of year to review your collection management
practices. To help you get started, here are five tips,
as well as some resources to help you put your plans
into action.

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An Often Missing Dimension in Holistic Financial Advice

Frances O'BrienWhen was the last time you took a look at your insurance policies?

If you’re like the majority of folks, probably not very recently. Unfortunately, this could mean that your finances are not as protected as you may believe. Consider the fact that, over time, your wealth slowly builds, and properties and non-financial assets are accrued. As a result, your insurance coverage may need changes, and what worked last year might not work this year. Continue reading

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Beauty is in the Buyer’s Heart:
Why Jewelry Auctions Can Be Unpredictable

Juqui MonterossoIn the world of jewelry, no matter what the industry deems to be a fabulous example of a great stone, the market ultimately determines its value. When I was taking my GIA courses, I remember learning how the beauty and color of a stone ultimately depends on the buyer’s preference. While having industry-related benchmarks that determine a stone’s value is important, none of that matters if the buyer doesn’t perceive it the same way. Continue reading

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Before You Cozy Up to a Winter Fire: Chimney and Fireplace Safety Tips

Barry DavisThe arrival of colder weather is a good time to conduct routine maintenance on your chimney and heating system.

Faulty heating systems are the second leading cause of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 2/3 of those fires are caused by improperly maintained fireplaces, chimneys and wood stoves. Continue reading

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Holiday Gift-Giving Safety Tips

Frances O'Brien
The holiday season is a time filled with family, friends and gift-giving. But many popular gifts can inadvertently introduce new risk to you and your recipient’s homes and wallets. To avoid being the holiday gift giving Grinch, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for friends and family. Continue reading

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