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Wouldn’t it be adorable if cats and dogs carried little umbrellas with them and knew how to put on rain boots? Unfortunately, they don’t know anything about staying dry and safe in the fall. Pets don’t change the way they play and live just because the weather changes, so it’s up to us as animal lovers to make sure our properties are safe for our furry friends. What can you do to make sure they stay protected? Here are a few tips to help your cat, dog or other furry friend safe this fall and upcoming winter season. Keep them away from space heaters. You likely turn on a few space heaters around your home if you want to warm specific rooms without turning on your thermostat. Unfortunately, space heaters that sit on the floor can be very dangerous for pets. Dogs and cats don’t know they shouldn’t go near these, or sit close to them. In fact, many pets specifically enjoy sitting in front of space heaters because of the warmth, but a short circuit and a spark could cause… Read more

If you like to fly south for the winter, or even just leave your muddy, sludgy snow town for a prettier winter wonderland, you might leave your home unattended for a week or two. Burglars know that not only do people leave their homes vacant during this time of year, but they also leave them vacant and filled with valuable goods and presents. If you're planning any trip in the coming weeks, here are ways to protect your vacant home during your winter travels. Schedule outdoor lights. Keep in mind that the sun sets very early during the winter, leaving your property covered in darkness for several more hours than the rest of the year. Burglars love this time of year because they can operate well under the cover of darkness. Adjust the schedule of your automatic lights so that your property is illuminated as soon as the sun begins to set and throughout the night. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you plan on running your thermostat, furnace or other appliances to moderate the temperature in your… Read more

With Thanksgiving around the corner, your home is probably filling up with guests and your refrigerator is probably filling up with ingredients for your big meal. Thanksgiving is a very social time, but that also makes it a hectic time. Between getting family members settled into the spare room and preparing veggies for the casserole, there is a lot going on that can take your attention away from a few hazards this holiday brings. From deep-fried turkeys to donation solicitors, here are Thanksgiving hazards you should prepare for. Unattended ovens, stovetops and more Between the vegetables you’re making in the crockpot, the stew and hot rum punch you’re boiling on the stovetop and the turkey you’re roasting in the oven, you have a lot of hot appliances running. Each one requires a different cooking time, and though you’re doing your best to set timers and check on things accordingly, you never know when a chatty relative will steal your attention. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly, just in case you forget to take that stuffing out of the oven… Read more

Deciding who to hire to retrofit your building, remodel your kitchen or build that carport can be overwhelming. There are so many companies in your city that are happy to give you quotes and who claim to have extensive experience, but as someone who doesn’t work in construction, you don’t know what to look for—you can’t differentiate between the quality companies and the less-than-quality ones. Pay close attention to the first couple of weeks of work on your home and look out for these signs that tell you if your construction workers are trustworthy. Are there the same workers each day? In order for the company do to a safe job, they should be sending the same team of workers over each day. This way, each person who is there is familiar with what step of the process the project is on, familiar with the building itself and up to speed on particular rules and regulations regarding that project. If you see entirely new workers every day, there is a good chance the contractor just picks up a new team every… Read more

When you move in with your significant other, you’ll go through an adjustment period, getting used to one another’s habits. You may have different sleep patterns, with one of you needing a white noise machine and the other liking total silence. You could have different standards for cleanliness, with one of washing dishes immediately, and the other letting plates sit for a couple of hours (or days!) It’s alright if you take a while to get on the same page with these things, but one thing you cannot delay is getting on the same page about safety. Don't wait to have the talk - each day that passes puts you more at risk of break-in, burglary or worse. Keep these things in mind and decide how you want to handle each of the following. Don’t say goodbye outdoors. If your partner is going out for a while—especially if he or she is traveling—don’t say goodbye outdoors. You don’t want to notify strangers that you’ll be alone in your home. Having a lengthy goodbye outside or standing among suitcases lets onlookers know… Read more