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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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national poison prevention week

When my sister was a young toddler, she opened the front door without my mother’s knowledge and ran outside to see my dad who was working on the family car. He had momentarily stepped away and left a

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the canadian red cross 101

You never know when you might need the Canadian Red Cross, an important resource for all Canadians. Designed to assist people dealing with any sort of disaster recovery, the Canadian Red Cross is completely funded by public donors.

During the devastating Alberta flood last summer, the Canadian Red Cross provided immense support to the citizens in 

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storing important documents

Three years ago for Christmas, my parents gave me a fireproof safe. I know it doesn’t sound like the most exciting gift, but it was exactly what I asked for. I was shocked at the immediately relief I felt after placing

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flood awareness / flood sensors

It’s something we often don’t think about, but floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. It’s National Flood Safety Awareness Week, and it’s important to know the risks

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leave your pet in good hands

A couple of years back, my husband and I offered to pet-sit a neighbor’s dog while he was out of town for a few days. We were living in New York City at the time, and while I had experience with dogs

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american red cross month—how to get involved

The American Red Cross has earned a reputation as the go-to charitable organization whenever a natural disaster strikes.  You can rest assured that your donations will be used to help the intended disaster victims.  But disaster 

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5 spring break travel tips

Spring Break is the best! It’s a get out of school free card & time for fun, family, friends & sun. Traveling over Spring Break can be

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how to prepare for severe weather

Severe weather can happen when you least expect it. To help inform and prepare its citizens, the U.S. government has deemed this week in March severe weather week. During this week, it is important to

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severe weather preparedness week

This week, as you weather enthusiasts may know, is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, but I am sure you already had your calendars marked. For those of you (like me and I assume the majority) who did not know

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the pet safety kit

When I think of safety, the first thing that comes to mind is car safety. Last month I shared what’s in my car emergency kit: jumper cables, flash lights, first-aid supplies, and more. After going through my car safety kit, it got me thinking that we should have a

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tips on preventing identity theft

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Target shoppers across the nation fell victim of one of the biggest identity theft fiascos ever this past November. If you shopped at Target, in store, using a debit or credit card, your information may

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travel emergency kit

Whether you are piling in the car for a road trip, catching a flight to the beach, or boarding a cruise ship to Greece, it is important to be prepared for emergencies that may occur. A travel emergency is the kind of emergency that might catch

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burn awareness month

Being the mother of two small children, I am hyper-aware of all the hazards that exist both inside and outside of my home.  I try to be vigilant and take as many precautions as I can (e.g., childproof locks on my knife drawer, outlet covers and a baby gate).  However, sometimes

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getting over winter bugs

Winter can be magical thanks to the snow and all the fun activities it creates. The downside? Cool weather brings all the cold and flu viruses to the masses. Here are a few tips to help you fight and recover from

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how to jump start a car

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you have an absolute-have-to-be-there-on-time meeting at 7:30. The regular commute is about 20 minutes, so you’ve allotted yourself just enough time to battle through the winter wonderland that is the freeway.

All is well until you go to start your car and the turn of the key only returns

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weather stripping 101

There are many things I wasn’t prepared for in my adult life.  First and foremost was the need for weatherstripping. I know what you’re thinking. “What is weatherstripping?!” In short, it is sealing the openings in your home such as

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protect your family from carbon monoxide

A couple of years ago, while my husband was deployed, I returned home after an enjoyable dinner at a friend’s house to the carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in my basement, kitchen, and upstairs hallway all beeping simultaneously.

CO is called the “silent killer” because it’s a gas that you can’t see, taste or smell.

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how to make a winter survival kit

If you were lucky enough to experience the recent polar vortex, it was a brutal reminder that extreme weather is not as far-fetched as we may think.

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studded tires vs. awd vs. chains

I live in Utah where, in case you didn’t tune in to the 2002 Olympics, it snows a lot. So driving in the snow is inevitable. I didn’t always live in the snow, however.

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diy car emergency kit

The new year is a good time to start fresh—new goals, clean home, and prep for the upcoming year. One of the things I always overlook is making sure I have supplies ready in case of an emergency while on the road.

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car safety: prepping a car kit

As you head out on the road for winter ski trips, visiting friends and family, or just generally commuting to work, one of the most important things to have on hand is a basic car kit

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energy efficient ways to keep pets warm outside

While it’s true that our pets have a bit more insulation from the cold than we do, it’s still important to help them keep warm in the winter.

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