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happy national parents day!

We know you love your families and want to keep them safe.

As a society, we have come so far when it comes to technology advancement. From skype calls to shutting your garage door with your cell phone, it feels like there’s nothing we can’t do. With the advancement of all this amazing technology, comes various dangers regarding

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lightning safety tips

Summer storm season is in full effect. Have you been experiencing significant weather? In the Midwest, where I live, weather radios have been altering us to tornado warnings and watches with frightening

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national hot dog month

July is National Hot Dog month, and it is a perfect time to enjoy a hot dog on a summer afternoon. Whether it is at a ball game or at a backyard barbeque, the hot dog is the perfect summer meal. My absolute favorite hot dogs come from

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bug spray repellant round up

It’s officially the middle of summer (how did that happen?) and I am covered in bug bites. Unfortunately that’s the cost of spending so much time outdoors in the summer – especially when it’s been

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backyard fire pit safety

I have so many great summer memories of being gathered around a fire pit, roasting
marshmallows or telling ghost stories or playing a guitar and singing with friends.
(My life sounds like an eternal summer camp, huh?) There’s something so magical
about being

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the sandwich generation

You’ve heard of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials? But are you familiar with the Sandwich Generation?

The Sandwich Generation refers to adults, typically in their thirties and forties, who are caring for their aging parents while raising their own kids. Caring for two generations can be

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keeping an eye on the grill

One of my favorite parts about the summertime is the food. I mean the sunshine, warm weather, and time spent at the pool are all great but what really makes summer special is

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firework cleanup

 Very few of us in the spirit of patriotism would throw a bag of garbage out of our moving car onto the side of the road. Nor would we toss paper debris in front of our neighbor’s yard and yell out a cheerful

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5 ways to secure our homes and protect our families

There is nothing more important than the safety of home & family. With todays technology we can keep our homes secure & our loved ones safe while

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you might have a dumb home if…

If you come home from a Costa Rican vacation and find vagabonds eating your marshmallow puff, your home is dumb.  Read more…

my garage code is . . .

I recently realized that over half my neighbors know my garage code. I’m not super concerned because I know and trust them but when I really stop and think about it, it’s kind of a strange feeling knowing my house isn’t totally secure

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daddy jobs

After 15 years of marriage to say that we’ve got getting ready for bed down to a routine would be an understatement. There’s the part where the kids have gone to sleep so we finally sack out on the couch for a while to unwind in front of the TV

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hiking safety 101

When summertime hits, there’s just something that makes us want to head into the great outdoors! If you’re planning to get outside for a hike this summer, be sure you know your safety basics

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summer vacation safety checklist

Summer is the perfect time to load up the car and head off on an adventure with your family! Though vacation is a much anticipate time, there are so many things to think about. You have to plan all the details for your trip

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fun in the sunscreen: 8 sunscreen tips

Summer is right around the corner. Before you know it you’ll be splashing in the pool, working in the yard, flipping burgers on the grill and playing at the park. No matter what you have planned this summer don’t forget the sunscreen

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roundup of best bug repellents and zappers

There is nothing worse than bug bites. They itch like crazy, spread disease, ruin summer fun, and worst of all they look like huge zits when what really happened was a tiny biting bandit moved into your personal space and took a bite. I plan to fight nature with nature this summer

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surviving the pool

My kids have been watching anxiously out the windows as winter’s snows begin to receded . . . then come back . . . then recede again. Each time Spring seems a bit closer but that’s not the real prize. What they’re really thinking about is Summer: no school, warm late nights spent tearing around the neighborhood playing night games and of course, pool time.

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fire pit and grill safety

The wonderful season of grilling and warm summer evenings is upon us. There is nothing more delightful than grilling up fresh vegetables that you’ve just harvested from your garden or roasting marshmallows around the fire pit

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national emergency medical services for children day

Did you know that today is National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day? Neither did I. In fact I had no idea that the EMSC program existed, but I am slapping my wrists and making sure people know what the EMSC is!

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national bike month—using your garage tilt sensor

The weather is warming up and everyone is itching to get outdoors and go on fun bike rides! But what if you open up your garage to find that your bikes aren’t there? Bike theft out of garages is very common

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ergonomic gardening tools

It seems spring has sprung and I am so unbelievably excited to start gardening outdoors. It’s been a long winter, hasn’t it?

While indoor plants are my forte, I know I have lots to learn about outdoor gardening this season. After feeling the effects of hard labor in the yard this past fall, I’m all for finding ways to minimize the pain.

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4 ways to be safe in a national park

Every year we hear about that one guy or one gal who died in a national park. Sometimes it’s a dehydrated hiker who journeyed into unsafe territories. Maybe it’s that moron in front of you who got out of his car to pet the wild buffalo. Other times it’s a thrill-seeker base-jumping off cliffs. It’s hard to convince our rock climbers to ditch their beloved hobby, but

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how to stay safe at public events

With the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing approaching, safety at large-scale events is in the forefront of the minds of many people. It’s tough to enjoy an event without a sense of security, but the best course of action is not to swear off public events. Instead, keep yourself aware 

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5 tips for safe online shopping

I’ll admit: I am basically addicted to online shopping. I’ll do anything to avoid long lines and searching from store to store for what I’m looking for. It’s worth it for me to wait a few days for the mail to come. However, as online shopping is becoming 

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cell phone hygiene

There are bacteria all around us, but chances are pretty good that you are carrying around some pretty nasty stuff in your pocket right this minute. Think about how many times you wash your hands each day, and then think about how many times you touch your cell phone. Then try to remember the last time you washed or sanitized your cell phone. If you are like

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5 steps to protect your identity

High-tech gadgets like eye-scanners, thumb-print recorders and voice recognizing software are what Hollywood has taught us is the best and most secure way of protecting your identity. While the glam is great for spy activities and superhero work, you’re probably like most of us and don’t have a super-suit in your closet.

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national window safety week

This week is National Window Safety Week and it’s a great reminder of the importance of window safety. Since we live in a very hot and humid climate, the windows in our home are only used a few months out of the year. I honestly

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5 types of identity theft

You would think that the sketchy gas station in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect setting for identity theft to take place, and you would be right; but it’s not the most common point of fraudulent activity. Identity theft can happen where you least expect it.

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window safety part 2

The first full week of April marks National Window Safety Week. It’s a real thing and it’s real important. Every year over 5,000 children in the U.S. visit the emergency room due to injuries sustained from window falls. Younger children make up two thirds of window fall injuries, and 2-year-olds are the most common

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signs of identity theft

When you think of being prepared, do you get overwhelmed with the thought of preparing 72 hour kits, outlining emergency plans and storing an adequate food and water supply? Emergency preparation takes a lot of energy and forethought; which, if you’re lucky, will only be used if the unthinkable happens. But there are other parts of your life that need attention and preparation too, the most basic being your identity.

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