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protection against identity theft

Identity theft is a crime that affects 1 in 25 Americans. For anyone new to the phrase, it is where someone unlawfully uses your personal information in a fraudulent way typically for financial gain.  Your personal data ­can be used by someone else to profit at your expense.

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7 ways to keep your pets safe on halloween

It all became instantly clear to me when our curious seven-month-old golden retriever mix puppy thought pumpkin stems were the best sticks he had ever seen: there is much more to consider for Halloween this year.

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medical information card

How prepared are you in case of a medical emergency for either yourself or a loved one? I recently had to rush my daughter to the hospital in the middle of the night for a heart issue. It wasn’t exactly a life or death situation, but I was still completely flustered and unable to think clearly.

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storing prescriptions

When you think of home safety, door and window sensors probably come to mind. And you probably think of them being used in conjunction with an alarm system, right? While that’s often to most popular use for them, they can also be used to provide non-emergency alerts to make your home safer too. They can be used to help you keep an eye on sensitive areas like the place where you store medications.

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four rules for de-cluttering your kitchen

For years, my husband and I lived in a teeny tiny (450 square foot) New York City apartment where our kitchen consisted of a countertop with two cabinets and an oven the size of a postage stamp. Suffice it to say, we learned how to keep an efficient and fully functioning kitchen

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tips for halloween fire safety

Halloween is just around the corner! And that means that it’s time to carve the pumpkins! Jack-o-lanterns are THE Halloween mascot. It can be a little dangerous lighting them up so here are a few tips to help you keep the porch lit safely!

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keeping your digital information organized and accessible

There is nothing worse than trying to login into an online account and not knowing the password. You try all of your regular ones, then you remember you had to change it last year, and then

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how to safely put out a fire

Fall is upon us, and that means it’s the perfect time to set up a roaring campfire and roast those marshmallows. But whether you’re camping or just in your back yard, it’s important to know not only how to get a fire started and maintained safely, but how to extinguish it

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how to test a smoke detector

It’s fire safety week and not only is it a great time to reinforce the importance of fire safety to your kids, it’s also a good time to check that the smoke detectors in your home are functioning properly.

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keeping the ducts clean

There are no shortage of good reasons for keeping your chimney or furnace clean and well maintained. For starters, it’s good luck to shake hands with a chimney sweep. Also, if you have a house that gets visited by a big guy in a red suit, it’s just bad form to have him slide down a dirty chimney. Even more compelling are the very real health and safety reasons for keeping a clean chimney or furnace.

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kitchen safety

Statistics say that most accidents occur at home and most home accidents occur in the kitchen. No matter how you look at it, the kitchen is a dangerous place.

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how to keep a fire in your home safely

Who doesn’t love crowding around a warm fireplace after a long chilly day? It is a tradition many people have upheld over the years that just doesn’t get old.  Sipping hot chocolate with your family and

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chimney cleaning 101

If you are like me, then cleaning your chimney is pretty high up on the list of “Things I Want To Ignore”; right alongside dusting the baseboards, vacuuming out bathroom cupboards, and sorting mismatched socks. But, as it turns out, ignoring the task of chimney cleaning can be extremely dangerous for your home.

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getting your home ready during fall

Although I don’t like to admit it, the first frost and the chill of winter are quickly approaching. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home to withstand

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babysitter checklist

I have four children so heading out with my husband for a kid free moment can be both an exciting and daunting task. When you are responsible for juggling the needs, wants and activities of little kids it takes a lot of

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face emergencies with confidence knowing that you have taken steps to plan for whatever the crisis may be.

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diy natural cleaner

Think of all of the packaging (plastic) of cleaning supplies that we buy and use per year…and how much waste is created! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for the longest time. For whatever reason I thought

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car emergency kit

So often when we think of preparing for emergencies and natural disasters we go through checklists of items we may need in our home. Having food storage, 72-hour kits, and clean water storage are

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strong foundation: safety, health, eduacation

My oldest daughter celebrated her 14th birthday last month. (This statement totally and completely makes my head spin.) All those years have passed in a twinkle of an eye. I still vividly remember the moment she

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hurricane season: flood sensor

One of the unfortunate side effects of hurricanes is the potential for flooding. Though we often think of strong, damaging winds when we think of hurricanes, it’s important to know that they are also as likely to bring

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weather alerts

If you live in an eastern coastal city you’re probably keeping a closer eye on the weather than you normally do. That’s because we’re in the heart of hurricane season, which runs from

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gutter cleaning 101

As a teen, I was always asked by my parents to clean the gutters. And, boy, did I always do it wrong. I was so eager to get done so I could hang with my friends. Quickly hosing out the leaves does not mean a job well done. Here are a few tips and

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face

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emergency home plan: round up of best emergency preparedness strategies

While preparing this post I realized how unprepared I am for emergencies. You never think a natural disaster will hit your small town or that your children could ever get their hands on cleaning supplies & small objects perfectly crafted to lodge up their nostrils. Sadly, these situations happen daily. Here are quick tips on

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emergency home plan: medical

Picture this: Your child falls and cuts himself while under the supervision of a babysitter. There’s a significant amount of blood, and he’s crying in pain. Does the babysitter know where to find

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emergency home plan: home alone

There is one thing in life that is quite certain — that it is NOT certain when an emergency is going to happen.  Therefore, it is imperative to be prepared.  Speak to anyone who has been in an emergency situation, and those that were prepared for an emergency say that they

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emergency home plan: toxic and poisonous materials

My husband and I are preparing for our first little one this fall. With all of the exciting planning (baby clothes are really fun!), it’s also gotten us thinking more closely about how some of the products in our home seem harmless but can be toxic for

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emergency home plan: tornados and hurricanes

Having grown up in Florida, hurricanes and inclement weather were part of growing up. Whether you’re in a hurricane watch area this season or you’re in the middle of a tornado zone, it’s important to have

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emergency home plan: floods

Do you know what your family would do if your home and neighborhood suddenly became flooded? Even through your neighborhood may not be in a flood zone, it’s important to remember that when heavy rain comes, there’s a possibility for

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safety at home: fire home plan

When I think fire drills I’m taken back to the 7th grade. There a pudgier version of me stood in line on the baseball fields watch our school not burn to the ground as blood-curdling alarms echoed across the tetherball courts. Awkward little middle school children testing the patience of

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