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Protect your pet this summer with these hot-weather safety tips

In July 2016, he was a neglected 7-week-old puppy clinging to life. He was severely underweight, dehydrated, and had open wounds infected by maggots. His rescuer described him as “like a scabby little alien,” too weak...

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That rotten egg smell could be a sign of a natural gas leak in your home

In July 2017, a natural gas explosion in Manor Township, Lancaster County, killed a UGI worker, injured three other people, and destroyed a home. Four other nearby homes had to be condemned. “I just saw pieces of...

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If you really want to know about a car, find its Vehicle Identification Number

Every car manufactured since 1981 has a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. It has been described as a car’s fingerprint or DNA. It is a Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, and every car or truck made since...

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Making a case for stockpiling drinking water

Water, water, every where,/Nor any drop of drink That's a line from a 220-year-old poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In it, a sailor is surrounded by salt water that he can't...

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Can you dig it? Call 811 before any digging project

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...

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College's major problem: excessive drinking and its aftermath

It turns out that the famed "Freshman 15" is fiction, for the most part. Contrary to the notion that the average first-year college student gains 15 pounds, an Ohio State University study found that 2.4 (women) and 3.4...

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Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

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...

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Soaking up our Guide to Summer Safety

Summer means fun and sun, but that doesn't mean that we can throw caution to the warm breeze. Some of our favorite summer activities also come with significant safety or health risks, especially to children. We can...

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Best used cars for teen drivers: IIHS survey

Among "4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers" we identified in a previous blog post, at No. 3 we said don't buy them a new car. In fact, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,...

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

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
/...

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

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...

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Give your heart some love, for health's sake

Neil Young sang that only love can break your heart. Well, we hope Neil Young will remember that a poor diet and a lack of exercise can do a number on your heart, too. But he wouldn't be alone if he didn't. An American...

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It's snow lie: Here's the scoop on your responsibility for sidewalk shoveling

When it comes to snowfall and your driveway, how quickly you tend to shoveling is up to you. Maybe you're an early riser and get right at it. Perhaps you're a procrastinator, and you'll get around to it when the...

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Push, don't lift and 10 other tips for safer snow shoveling

Winter Storm Jonas: Oh, brother, was that a snow shoveler's worst nightmare. The January 2016 blizzard dumped a record 30.2 inches on Harrisburg. No one knows what the future holds for snowfall, but it's always a good...

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

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...

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Lawn mowing is not child's play: 12 safety tips

Just like morning dew and fireflies at night, the whirring of lawn mower blades is a staple of summer (not to mention much of spring and fall). We love our manicured lawns and take great pride in maintaining them....

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A roundabout way: improving safety, reducing delays

If you're a fan of the progressive rock band Yes, then you're probably familiar with the song "Roundabout." The lyrics are obscure, to wit: "I'll be the round about/The words will make you out 'n' out" Traffic...

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

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....

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Pedestrians 14 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths: safety tips for walkers and drivers alike

The next time you go to the movies, think about how you got there. You probably drove. On your way, you may have witnessed someone crossing a street, jogging, or even walking to the same cinema. As you settle into...

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5 smart phone apps for a safer, healthier, more economical holiday season

Smart phone apps are available by the millions, with more coming all the time. But research shows that Americans have a limited appetite for them. On average, according to Nielsen, U.S. smart phone users accessed 26.7...

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Get ready for winter with a car emergency kit

Santa's checking his list, and he's checking it twice. But we're not talking about what all of the children want for Christmas. We're referring to the list of things he needs to ensure safe travel on Dec. 24, such as...

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Follow these tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

A brother and sister travelled to a family cabin in Maine to celebrate his high school graduation and her 22nd birthday. What should have been a joyful week soon turned tragic for the siblings and two other adults who...

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A safe bet for your road trip is to check tire pressure

The road trip is back. Memorial Day weekend travel volume - the vast majority of it by automobile - is expected to reach a 10-year high in 2015, according to the AAA auto club. Some 37.2 million Americans are forecast...

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Pressure situation: getting tire inflation right

The road to Super Bowl XLIX was a rocky one for the New England Patriots, accused of having used illegally under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference championship. NFL fans and non-fans alike learned...

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Here’s how to PASS muster when using a fire extinguisher

It's pretty easy to see how dangerous home fires can be when you consider that they can be life threatening in just two minutes. Flames can engulf a residence in five minutes. Each year, more than 2,500 people die and...

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A breezy look at wind chill

It's one thing to take on a home-improvement project, but patching a hole in a wall is like a walk in the park compared with figuring out the wind chill. Here's the formula, courtesy of the National Weather Service:...

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Making spirits bright: 8 holiday light safety tips

Forty-five thousand Christmas lights set to the Penn State fight song can't be wrong. Nor can a website called ChristmasLightFinder.com. Of course, Hersheypark's "Hershey Sweet Lights" offers nearly 600 illuminated...

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