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It is a fact that tornadoes can happen anytime, anywhere—often striking with little or no warning. A critical prerequisite for helping to save lives and prevent harm is to know the signs of an impending tornado and being prepared on what to do when a tornado warning or watch is issued. READ MORE >>

The home may seem like one of the safest possible places to be, but this fallacy can lead homeowners into a dangerous trap. Preventable accidents are not only common, but they can also be incredibly harmful to the residents of the home (or even the neighbors. READ MORE >>

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning—and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem even more tragic when you consider that most of these deaths and illnesses are preventable. READ MORE >>

Most residential burglaries occur during the daytime when people are at work or school, and going away on vacation makes their homes even more attractive as targets. Prevention starts with understanding how burglars think. They look for homes that are unoccupied and unprotected, easy to access through concealed entry points, and blessed with good escape routes. READ MORE >>

They’re trees. And as with so many things in life, proper maintenance is critical. Keeping your trees healthy will allow you to continue to enjoy them and their benefits — one of which is providing enough oxygen for four people every day! READ MORE >>

Vacation is for fun and relaxation. Help save yourself some worry about what could be happening at home by protecting it from theft and damage while you are away. Here is a checklist we have developed to help you have a relaxing and peaceful vacation. Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off. READ MORE >>

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and certification company UL (Underwriters Laboratories). READ MORE >>

As a busy homeowner, it is easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects should be in the “long-term maintenance” category. READ MORE >>

You Don’t Have to Be Handy to Make Your Home More Livable Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can handle to make your home safer - whether you’re handy or not. READ MORE >>

Electrical safety involving outlets, plugs and extension cords is one of the most important home safety issues. U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 47,820 structure fires a year involving an electrical fire or malfunction1, but there are steps that homeowners and tenants can take to help prevent electrical fires. READ MORE >>

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