Can you hold a candle to this quiz?


Candles add a festive touch to holiday gatherings. Although we enjoy their glow, candles can cause home fires, injuries and deaths.   Remember that a candle is an open flame that can ignite nearby materials: Use with caution! Take our five-question quiz to test your candle safety knowledge.

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Go out and play, but keep one eye toward home security


Good weather gives you opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. It also gives some unscrupulous people the opportunity they are looking for to burglarize your home or car and take your valuable possessions. You cannot prevent 100 percent of the thefts, but there are steps you can take to minimize the potential problem.

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10 tips to improve construction site security


Equipment and material theft is a major source of loss for contractors. While insurance may offset some of the financial costs, many uninsured costs – deductibles, replacing depreciated items with new equipment, production delays, paperwork and time to report and replace stolen equipment – are paid by contractors.
Good planning is essential to construction site security, preventing theft of valuable construction materials and tools.

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The homeowner’s to-do list: Here’s where to start


Now that the seasons have turned, it’s time to assess how your property weathered the winter. This is a good time to make a “to-do” list to prevent property maintenance and liability issues. Starting from the top: Roof – Have a roofer check for lifting, curling or missing shingles, or shingles that have suffered granular loss. Remove any debris or built-up moss that can reduce your roof’s life expectancy. Clean gutters of any leaves or debris.

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