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    How to Ice-Proof Your Stairs for a Safer Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:06:32 PM

    Ice and snow come hand in hand during the winter months. While it would be nice to prevent the inevitability of ice from gathering at all around your home, that could be a pretty daunting if not impossible task. One area of your home, however, where ice-proofing is a must is your stairs.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Winter Safety

    What Type of Snow Melt is Safe for Concrete?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:03:37 PM

    Concrete and snow are a tricky combination during the winter months, and keeping walkways and driveways clear is a priority when it comes to maintaining safe passage to and from your home. Accumulating snow can quickly result in a safety hazard leading to potential slips, falls and injury.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting, Winter Safety

    How to De-Ice Your Steps and Walkways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:03:00 PM

    During the winter months, safe passage to and from your home isn’t just important, it’s crucial. Walking over snow-covered surfaces anywhere can be challenging and dangerous, but when you add in the element of stairs and gravity, and/or highly trafficked areas such as walkways, the risk for accidental falls increases significantly.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter Safety, Ice

    How to Shovel Snow on a Gravel Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:00:54 PM

    Gravel is a popular material for driveways, and if maintained properly it will last for many years. It can be a much less expensive option for long driveways and, unlike costly repairs to concrete and asphalt, maintenance of a gravel driveway can be much easier and less expensive.

    Gravel is typically a mixture of rocks, sand and clay. As a result, it creates a stable, compacted surface that water can easily run off. It’s also an attractive option for driveways in areas where it snows because gravel isn’t vulnerable to the damage and cracking that can result from freeze-thaw cycles, as is the case with concrete.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to figuring out snow removal for your driveway, a major drawback to gravel is the difficulty of shoveling snow off of it without losing a significant amount of gravel. However, if you are committed to this task, there are strategies for shoveling it successfully.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Winter Safety

    What to Do in a Winter Power Outage

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 6, 2018 12:22:00 PM

    Power outages are an inconvenience at any time of year, but when combined with bitterly cold outdoor temperatures and/or a winter snow storm, the inconvenience can become a danger. Preparing for a wintertime blackout — stocking up on non-perishable foods, bottled water, warm blankets and clothes, a first aid kit, and a battery-run radio — is key. But what do you do once the outage actually arrives. 

    Below, are some basic tips on how to stay safe during a winter power outage:

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    Topics: Winter Safety

    The Cold, Hard, Ugly Truth about Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Approximately 11,500 snow-shoveling related injuries occur in the United States each year, 95 percent of them occurring at or near the injured person's home. While more than 20 percent of such injuries involve adults age 55 or older, the remaining 80 percent make it obvious that seniors are not the only group at high risk for shoveling snow.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Health, Winter Safety

    How to Deal with Black Ice at Your Home

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2018 12:06:12 PM

    If you live in a cold climate, black ice on your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and home entry areas is a serious winter problem. This nearly invisible hazard can make walking and driving treacherous: not only could you or someone else slip, leaving you exposed to the possibility of medical bills and/or a lawsuit, but a sliding vehicle could do damage to your property. 

    When and how does black ice form?

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter Safety

    How to 'Keep up with the Joneses' This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 4, 2018 5:48:00 AM

    When your neighbors find ways to manage winter weather that you might not have thought of, it could be more than a case of envy or curiosity that makes you take note. “Keeping up with the Joneses” when it comes to improvements that make your home safer in winter not only can protect your family from slip-and-fall accidents, they also have the added benefits of increasing wintertime curb appeal and saving you money.

    Below are five ways you can make your home's winter-weather strategy something even the Joneses will envy:

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    Topics: Snow Melting, Winter Safety, Snow and Ice Management

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 7, 2017 9:40:00 AM

    Shoveling snow from your driveway and outdoor walkways may seem like a task that requires little, if any, forethought and planning. But, a bit of preparation and a few shoveling techniques not only will help you do the job more effectively and efficiently, but will also help you protect your health. 

    Below is a step-by-step guide to shoveling snow in the safest, most efficient way possible:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Winter Safety

    A Reality Check for Seniors Living Alone in Wintertime

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 27, 2017 4:56:33 AM

    With modern technologies at their disposal, more awareness of smart, healthy lifestyle practices, and a wider range of connectivity, seniors have developed into a stronger, more independent generation than history has ever seen before.

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    Topics: Health, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

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