Jewelry Demand Sparkling

In 2013, U.S. consumers purchased $79.5 billion in jewelry, up 11 percent from 2012’s $71.3 billion in sales, and demand is predicted to grow by another 5 percent when 2014 figures are tallied. Thanks to TV shopping channels and online … Continue reading

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Be a Miser To ID Thieves

Nearly everyone is busy now with seasonal shopping, traveling and gift giving. Identity thieves are busy, too, so holiday revelers should be vigilant, knowing where and when their identity is vulnerable and how they can defend it against identity thieves. … Continue reading

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The Christmas Tree Ten

Unfortunately, between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually, according … Continue reading

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Parent Involvement Key in Teen Driving Safety

Sadly, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Perhaps this is because teens are particularly vulnerable to distractions while driving, and/or are more prone to texting while driving than adults. In fact, the act of texting … Continue reading

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Driving Safety Through Technology

Educating parents and teens on the risks of distracted driving is crucial in saving lives. However, despite being aware of risks, teens may give in, on occasion, to distractions or reckless driving. This often creates a sense of helplessness in … Continue reading

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Keep the Holiday Jewels Sparkling

During this holiday season, shoppers will be buying more jewelry than at any other time of the year, including Valentine’s Day. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), 24% of holiday shoppers will buy jewelry for a friend or family member, the highest percent since 2006. Continue reading

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The Fire Hazard Four

Nearly 156,000 fires occur during the winter holiday season, causing 630 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and approximately $936 million in property damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

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Ice Dams Can Lead To Water Damage

Ice dams, which form when heat escapes into your attic and warms your roof. Snow on the roof melts and then refreezes, causing an ice ridge to form that traps water on the roof. This water can leak into the … Continue reading

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Winter Weighs Heavy On Unhealthy Trees

While many trees emerge seemingly unscathed from storms the seasons prior, that doesn’t mean they weren’t weakened. It’s always a good time for homeowners to perform an assessment of their trees’ health and have their trees evaluated by a certified arborist to protect themselves from potential property damage and liability claims. Continue reading

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