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    Are You and Your Family Prepared for Winter Storm Season? Six Questions to Ask Yourself

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    AccuWeather is predicting above-average snowfall for the East Coast this winter, and a long winter for the entire U.S. What this means is: if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get ready for winter storms (especially if you live in an area where storms like these are a possibility).

    If you want to make sure your home, car and family are prepared for winter, there are six important questions you need to ask yourself:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter Car, Winter Safety

    Winter Readiness Checklist

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 12, 2016 9:26:00 AM

    Preparing for the arrival of harsh winter weather is more than a matter of convenience: it’s critical to protecting your safety and health. Serious injuries are all too common in the winter, from slipping on icy walkways, to hypothermia or frostbite, or even having a heart attack or stroke while shoveling snow. And being without electricity, running water, food, or communication during a major snowstorm can be extremely dangerous, to say the least.

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    Topics: Winter, Winter Car, Winter Safety

    Keep Your Parents Safe This Winter, Even if They Live in Another State

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 5, 2016 8:26:00 AM

    We owe a lot to our parents. They brought us into this world, kept us safe through our most vulnerable times, and didn’t kill us no matter how annoying we were.

    Well, now your parents have grown old, and it’s time to repay the favor. The winter is a particularly precarious time for seniors, and there are plenty of ways we can make this difficult season safer and more pleasant for our parents. Of course, daily visits would be ideal, but here are several things you can do to keep your parents safe this winter, even if you don’t live around the corner, or even in the same city, state, or country.

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    Topics: Senior Safety

    Senior Safety Tips: Health Hazards of Cold Weather

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 28, 2016 7:09:00 AM

    As a kid, winter meant snow fights, days off from school, and Christmas presents under the tree. As a senior citizen, well, winter is a whole other ball game! Unfortunately, because of the drop in temperature, icy conditions, and impaired vision or mobility issues, winter ushers in a whole slew of unique health hazards for the older crowd, and many fall victim to these dangers every year.

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    Topics: Senior Safety

    18 Ways to Save Electricity (or Go Green) this Winter Without Sacrificing Warmth

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 8:02:00 AM

    Winter readiness can mean many things, but the desire to "go green" and save on your electric bill must be balanced with the desire to stay warm and comfortable. To put it "colorfully," you want to find a way to go green without turning blue.

    Below we have 18 winter readiness tips: most of them are simple and fast to implement, and can help you accumulate significant energy savings:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter

    4 Non-chemical Deicing Alternatives to Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2016 8:35:00 AM
    You know that rock salt can hurt your pavement, your lawn and even your pets. If you want some non-chemical deicing alternatives to rock salt, take a look at this handy infographic.

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    Topics: Snow Removal

    6 Deicing Alternatives to Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 3, 2016 8:47:00 AM

    Rock salt melts ice, but it also does a lot of damage. Use this handy infographic to find deicing alternatives to rock salt that are gentler on your walkway.

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    Topics: Snow Removal

    Getting Ready for Winter with Chip Wade, Celebrity Craftsman

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 27, 2016 4:01:42 PM

    Images provided by: Wade Works Creative

    Let’s take a peek into the life and work of Chip Wade, a home designer and craftsman who’s built a career doing what he loves -- serving as a creative vehicle to design homes of his clients’ dreams. Thank you, Chip, for sharing your story with us!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance

    Everything You Need to Know About Heated Driveways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    As winter approaches, at least in the more northerly portions of the U.S., many homeowners find themselves longing for a way to make snow and ice removal fast and easy, and heated driveway systems immediately come to mind.

    Heated driveways are easiest to install when pouring a new concrete or asphalt driveway and often require you to replace your existing driveway. However, in some instances, the electric coil type can be retrofitted in, especially if you only intend to heat a limited portion of the pavement.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Concrete

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt is easily the cheapest option when it comes to melting snow and ice on U.S. roadways as well as on pavements at U.S. homes. Over a third of the salt sold in the United States every year is rock salt, which is basically the as-is salt mined from natural salt deposits left underground by "ancient oceans."

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

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