Great Balls of Ice

Ever seen a grapefruit-sized hailstone? Well, if you live in an area that’s prone to hail, such as east of the Rocky Mountains, you know it exists, and how serious a hailstorm warning can be.
But what is a hailstone? It’s a ball of ice created in a super cell thunderstorm, weighing anywhere from a gram to well over a pound, and traveling at terminal velocities of 75 to 120mph. Hailstones the size of a golf ball may dent cars and damage roofs; hailstones the size of baseballs or softballs will damage most roofs, break car windows, and may injure or kill people or animals. Other interesting facts include: Continue reading

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Protecting Classic Wine

Collectors of high-end wines should learn the importance of properly handling and storing wine, so that the value of their collections remains intact. The top priority for collectors is to ensure they have the proper environment for maintaining their wine. … Continue reading

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Surveillance Cameras and Legal Compliance

Whether they’re placed around doors and windows or hidden in outlets and clocks, homeowners often have good reason to set up surveillance cameras around their homes. But in looking to protect their property and loved ones, it’s important that homeowners first understand the associated risks.
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Boat Safety With Kids On Board

Summer is here, and many families are headed for the water. Ensuring safety on boats is crucial – especially when there are teens or children onboard. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 12 children under the age of 13 lost … Continue reading

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Installing Outdoor Sculpture

Art can liven up or personalize any setting, but outdoor sculpture needs to be protected from risks as benign as a misdirected sprinkler or as severe as a major hurricane. And before installing outdoor sculpture on their property, homeowners and collectors need to identify and mitigate a variety of potential hazards. Continue reading

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Cruising In International Waters

Whether your boat is registered for personal or commercial use, regardless of size, or country of registration, those cruising in international waters need to comply with on-board employment practices and requirements, as per the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC). Continue reading

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Amazing Lightning Facts

Lightening is an incredibly powerful force of nature. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, our earth experiences 100 lightning flashes per second, the United States alone has over 40 million lightning strikes annually. Continue reading

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