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The cold is setting in; 5 tips to keep warm

As temperatures drop and winter takes hold in many parts of the country, now is a good time to prepare for the winter chill and to be reminded of how to stay safe during spells of cold weather.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

When cold weather arrives, make sure you won’t come home to bursting pipes and costly water damage.

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Preventing Ice Dams

With snow comes the potential for ice to trap large pools of water on your roof with nowhere to go but inside your home.

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Low temperature sensor: A smart choice to protect your home

So many smart home products are reaching the market, homeowners may have trouble choosing which would provide the most benefit. But one product stands out for homes in areas that experience freezing temperatures: Low temperature sensors.

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Winterize your pipes to protect your home

While even the best forecasters cannot guarantee what’s ahead this winter, now is the time to prepare yourself and your home for the coming season.

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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes in Your Home

A few simple steps can help keep the pipes in your home from freezing this winter.

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What to do with a frozen pipe

If you suspect you have a frozen pipe – you’ve turned on the faucet, but no water comes out – call a qualified plumber immediately. Take the necessary steps to prevent further damage.

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Why is water damage such a big deal?

Water damage is a common and severe cause of loss to homeowners. The good news is that water damage losses can be prevented by a properly installed automatic water shut-off device.

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Snow can be hazardous to your health

Snow can be a beautiful thing…until you have to shovel it. Whether or not you have a pre-existing medical condition, here are some things to keep in mind as you arm yourself to battle winter.

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Help your home stand up to winter

You can take steps to ensure your home is well prepared for winter weather – and that your family doesn’t get any colder than they want to be. Consider these suggestions for your comfort and safety.

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Throw snow – not caution – to the winds

Winter weather can take many forms from mild to windy to cold to unpredictable — yet snowfall is inevitable in most temperate areas of North America. Along with the eventual snow is the need to clear it from the driveway and sidewalks of your home or business.

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Keep safe and warm when using space heaters

Many of us use portable electric space heaters to help keep us warm, but they can be hazardous if not used properly. Take precautions to keep your family safe from fire or burns.

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Make a generator part of your emergency backup plan

Does your emergency preparedness plan include a generator? Whether you’re facing a public safety power shutoff in California due to red flag wildfire conditions or an ice storm, heavy snow or hurricane that downed power lines or another manmade or environmental emergency, it’s a good idea to be ready for power outages.

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Coping with loss in a catastrophe: What to do

Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. When your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other destructive event, focus on people first.

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Protect your building from the cold

Arctic temperatures can have a dramatic effect on your building — and your livelihood. Regular maintenance and a winter weather plan can help you avoid any negative impact.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes at Your Business

A few simple steps can help keep the pipes at your business from freezing this winter.

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Keep your business free of frozen pipes

Pipe freezes that cause failure or disruption of important building systems can be expensive to repair or force temporary closure of your business.

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Keep your fire protection system from freezing

Fire protection equipment is especially vulnerable when arctic temperatures affect a building. Failure or disruption of these important fire protection systems can also be expensive to repair.

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Ready for snow? Clear the path

As a property owner, you want to do whatever you can to welcome visitors to your home or business and keep your family, employees and customers safe. Snow and ice on walkways, roadways, driveways and parking lots can present extra challenges during winter months.

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Business Property Owners’ Checklist

Protect your business from frozen pipes. With proper winter weather preparation, you can minimize the impact of severe weather on your business.

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Drive Safely This Winter

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Driving On A Winter Road

Take extra caution when driving in snow or slippery winter conditions.

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6 Ways To Keep Your Car In Tune This Winter

These simple steps will help keep your car in shape to conquer winter roads.

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Winterize your driving: It’s more than mechanics

Most of us understand the importance of preparing our vehicles for winter, but it’s just as important to prepare ourselves for winter driving.

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What to put in your winter weather safety kit

A winter weather safety kit is an essential element in preparing yourself, your family and your property for a winter storm.

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Walking (and driving) in a winter wonderland

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed many more people out and about as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. In my neighborhood, people are jogging, pushing baby carriages, chasing toddlers, walking dogs and riding bikes. On the surface, it’s good to see people getting exercise, fresh air and even socializing at safe distances. But an increase in foot traffic can create some concerns.

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