Swimming Pool Safety: Sensible Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard Oasis

With summer now upon us, what better way to beat the heat of those lazy, hazy days than a refreshing plunge into a backyard swimming pool! Although a pool can provide endless summer fun, there are inherent risks associated with … Continue reading

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Better Safe than Sorrow!
What You Should Consider When Shopping for a Safe for Your Home

home safe is useful for storing legal documents, jewelry or personal items. Having a home safe can provide you with added protection against fire, burglary, and water damage. When considering a home safe there are many things to bear in mind. One consideration is the location of the safe, and this can be determined in part on the design and location of your home. For example, placing the safe in the basement, especially in a flood prone area, might not be the best choice. Typically, a safe provider can assist you in determining the best location for your safe.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying your safe:
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What to Know Before You Go: More Things to Consider

You might have seen my colleague Annmarie’s recent column on how to protect yourself while traveling this summer. While the safety of you and your family is paramount, there is a related, yet overlooked, property risk many travelers are forgetting.

Consider the fact that in 2015, the FBI estimated that there were more than 1.5 million burglaries nationwide, the majority of which (71.6%) occurred in residential properties. As you and your family prepare to head out on summer vacation—possibly leaving your home vacant and unattended—this number is not to be overlooked.
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Historic Home Maintenance 101

When it comes to maintenance, your historic home has some unique needs beyond the common ones associated with any home. Understanding the differences between historic building materials versus newer materials is the first step in maintaining the integrity of a … Continue reading

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While You’re Away, Cybercriminals Will Prey

Summer is a great time to get away and relax, but for many, safety remains a number one concern. In fact, 72% of U.S. travelers say they would pay more for vacation if they could ensure greater security, as well as … Continue reading

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The Heat Is On! – Protecting Your Home against Wildfire with Defensible and Survivable Space

Many parts of the southwestern United States have already experienced record-breaking heat, and indications point to more of the same in the months ahead. As a result, all of that green, lush vegetation that sprouted this spring is now curing and rapidly drying out. The result is a light flashy fuel that is easily ignited and can quickly spread fire to other vegetation, trees, and unfortunately for too many, their homes. Continue reading

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Preemptive Strikes – Protecting Smart Homes from Lightning

What better time than National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 18 – 24, 2017) to highlight some key statistics about lightning and how to protect homes, especially those with complex technology, against lightning’s harmful effects.

• Lightning strikes 25 million times per year in the U.S.1
• The temperature of lightning is hotter than the sun!2
• Lightning causes approximately 22,600 fires resulting in $451,000 million in property damage per year – of those 19% were residential fires3
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Is Your Home Ready for Summer Travel Season?

Summertime is just around the corner, and many Americans are packing their suitcases and finalizing itineraries for a much-desired vacation. But with a burglary taking place every 10.5 seconds, 60 percent of which occur in residential properties, it is vital … Continue reading

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Secondary Homes – Choosing Relaxation over Vexation

For many, a secondary home is a dream come true. The home may serve as a place to spend vacations, relax, build traditions, and establish a family legacy. It may also be a residence to invest in for the future. Unlike rental or income properties, a secondary home is not rented to others and therefore is usually occupied only periodically throughout the year.

However, with a home that is unoccupied for long periods of time, problems can occur such as water leaks, theft, vandalism, and other maintenance concerns. To prevent your dream home from becoming a nightmare residence, consider the following suggestions to help protect your home-away-from-home while it is unoccupied.
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Summer Nights: Have Fun But Don’t Have a Blast!

Year round in some parts of the country, and as temperatures start to rise in the rest, people extend their living spaces to the outdoors. As new products and technologies come on the market, extending indoor living rooms and kitchens outside is becoming easier and easier.

All-weather appliances, cabinets, furniture, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits make it easy to create an outdoor living room. Due to the ease and fun of creating these spaces, safety may be overlooked. Outdoor safety practices should be similar to indoor safety.
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