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    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: Winter Safety, Snow and Ice Management, Snow Melting

    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, Winter Safety, Senior Safety

    Back Problems Associated with Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2017 8:07:00 AM


    Every year, thousands of people injure themselves while shoveling snow out of their driveways, and a large portion of those injuries are sustained on the back. The constant bending over, raising and lowering of the spine, and the effects of cold weather on your muscles all contribute to winter back injuries. Additionally, lack of proper snow shoveling technique, sudden activity after a routinely sedentary lifestyle, and use of less-than-optimal shovels all make back problems worse.

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    Topics: Health, Winter Safety, Shoveling

    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: Winter Safety, Winter Car, Home Maintenance

    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 Car, Winter, Winter Safety

    The Ultimate Winter Survival Guide: 15 Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

    "Surviving" winter, both in terms of safety and finances, is not at all automatic. Winter weather brings with it numerous challenges that will test your property's durability and your ability to cope with harsh and changeable conditions. Below, we list 15 tips that every homeowner should know to minimize risk and loss during the cold season:

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    Topics: Winter Safety, Snow Removal

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