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Tag: Preparedness

Does Car Insurance Cover Hail Damage?

We’ve all experienced it at some point. Dark gray clouds form ominously above. Thunder rumbles and lightning claps. Rain falls in heavy sheets. And then, the sky opens for Mother Nature’s angry ice dispenser. Ranging from the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit, these ice stones can wreak havoc on fields, livestock, buildings and homes. They can also total—yes, total—a vehicle...

How To Dig Out After a Blizzard

  If you live in an area that regularly sees snow, clearing the driveways and sidewalks after a winter storm is a regular part of life. But when severe winter weather strikes, and the snowfall is measured in feet instead of inches, digging out becomes a lot more work. Even if the weather caught you off guard, you’ll still have to brave the cold and...

How to Keep Your Backyard Campfires Safe

There is nothing like a campfire to create a cozy atmosphere when friends and family get together under the stars. A fire draws the gaze and lets you keep warm while socializing in the cool of the evening. A campfire can even be used to cook a meal if you have the right type of fire and accessories. But where there is fire, there is...

6 Tips to Prepare for Power Outages

We rely on electricity to stay warm, keep our homes illuminated, cook, heat or pump water, and to keep us entertained on our TVs and other devices. A power outage can be a short-term annoyance or last for days. It is worthwhile, with weather systems changing, to have a plan in place, so your family stays safe in a lengthy power outage. Keep a Supply...

Checklist: How To Winterize Your Home To Save Money and Energy

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Indoors: Windows and doors: Prevent chilly drafts (and pricey heating bills) by checking and replacing any worn weather stripping and caulking any cracks. For loose-fitting doors, slide a draft guard or rolled-up towel underneath to fill the gap. Drapes, curtains, shades and blinds can also help reduce heat loss, according to energy.gov. For your chimney, floors, vents and more, these tips can...