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After flood waters recede, dangerous mold often is left behind

Sep 18 2017 Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 established itself as the worst rainfall disaster in American history. It dumped some 33 trillion gallons of water along the Gulf of Mexico. The Washington Post illustrated the enormity of the situation, plopping a giant cube... more

Can you dig it? Call 811 before any digging project

Sep 5 2017 It might be as simple as planting a tree or something a little more involved, such as building a deck. Whether you're a homeowner or professional contractor, if you're digging with powered equipment, you first must call 811. It's also not a bad idea (though... more

Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

Jun 12 2017 A Google search of "dryer fire" readily yielded three incidents that occurred within one month of each other: In Lock Haven, Pa., a dryer fire destroyed the home of a 34-year-old man who had lived there most of his life; In Newport News, Va., a dryer left... more

Top of mind: When do you need to replace your roof?

Apr 3 2017 In early 1963, The Drifters had a big hit with the song, "Up On The Roof," which began: When this old world starts getting me down
/And people are just too much for me to face/
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
/And all my cares just drift right into... more

One in 15 homes in U.S. has a radon problem: does yours?

Mar 20 2017 In 2014, a home in Lehigh County, Pa., was found to have the highest radon level ever recorded in the United States. The concentration was more than 900 times greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's action level of four picocuries per liter.... more

To keep your home safe, water your cut Christmas tree daily and keep it away from heat sources

Nov 28 2016 In January 2015, a massive fire in Annapolis, Md., claimed the lives of a couple and their four grandchildren, ages 6 to 8. In the mansion's great room stood a 15-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree that had been lit 24 hours per day. It had been cut 65 days... more

When dog bites man, your homeowners insurance could bite back

Nov 14 2016 Welcoming a dog into your home comes with a long checklist of considerations, from leashes and food dishes to potty training and socializing. One other item that bears significant thought is insurance liability should your dog bite or attack someone. Dog... more

How to build an emergency supply kit

Oct 31 2016 Fifty-two percent of Americans don't have copies of crucial personal documents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-eight percent don't have emergency supplies; 44 percent don't have first aid kits. Well, we're blowing the... more

Get your family ready in the event of an emergency evacuation

Oct 17 2016 Hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation in its wake, claiming more than 1,000 lives in Haiti and at least 33 in the United States. The Category 5 storm also caused billions of dollars in property damage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott had a simple message as... more

Odds are you won’t be struck by lightning, but these steps can keep your family even safer

Aug 8 2016 Benjamin Franklin was in Philadelphia when, with the help of a key and a kite, he proved that electricity and lightning were one and the same. It also was in the City of Brotherly Love that Franklin invented the lightning rod to prevent damage to buildings.... more

Tough bounces: trampoline use comes with high risk of injury and potential homeowner liability

Jul 12 2016 Trampolines have their ups and downs - and that's the problem. While jumping and somersaulting has enormous appeal to children, the danger associated with landing improperly has led the American Academy of Pediatrics to advise against anyone using a home... more

Take stock of your stuff with a home inventory

Mar 7 2016 Digital photography, particularly with the advent of smart phones, has made us a culture of camera buffs. By one accounting, people upload an average of 1.8 billion digital images every day. We photograph our friends and family members, our travels, our food.... more

Off-season is the perfect time for 5 maintenance and safety tips for your wood-burning fireplace

Feb 22 2016 Even as winter winds down and warmer weather beckons, it's a perfect time to think about preventive maintenance for your fireplace. By planning ahead, you'll be in great shape when the need for heat returns in the fall. Maintenance isn't something to be... more

6 tips to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation

Jul 7 2014 Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Peace of mind knowing that everything is safe and secure at home while you're on vacation? Better double-check. July and August are the most popular months for vacations - and for residential break-ins, according to the... more



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