5 Winter Travel Survival Tips

Midwest winters can be harsh, and storms can quickly drop inches of snow. If you get trapped in your car, a few items could save your life. You’ll need a kit: candles, clothing, a flashlight, dried fruit and water and batteries. Keep items in a plastic bin with a top. Stranded in a Storm? Provide heat. […]


Plumbing Survival Tips

With extra guests in the home and big family meals, December is a busy month for most home plumbing systems. Last year, ABC’s “Good Morning America” interviewed an expert who provided these plumbing tips: For the kitchen: Don’t pour cooking oils and fat down the drain. Don’t put stringy or fibrous material such as potato […]


These Steps May Prevent a Fire

Did you know that half of all fires caused by heating equipment are reported during December, January and February? According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division, in just one year (2009), 58,900 fires involved heating equipment. Those fires resulted in 480 deaths, 1,520 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property […]


Seven Tips for Rebuilding Soon after a Disaster

Have you been ravaged by flooding after a river exceeded its banks? Did a thunderstorm release flash floods where you live and work? Did levees surrounding your town give way? If so, you’ll want to begin repairing and rebuilding your property quickly. But to begin, you need to file a claim. Filing correctly, the Insurance […]


How to Protect Yourself Against Contractor Fraud

When a natural disaster, like a tornado or flood, causes damage to your home naturally you want to get it repaired quickly. But, if not careful, you could fall victim to an unscrupulous contractor looking to profit from your loss. Of course, most businesses offering help are legitimate. How can you protect yourself from those […]


7 Things to Do After a Fire

Of course, fires cause damage. But did you know that you can cause more damage to your home and its contents even after the fire is out? When a fire occurs, even a small one, follow these steps recommended by the University of Missouri Extension: Hang clothing outside on a line. Prop up wet upholstery […]


Tips for Handling Fireworks Safely

If your town’s laws allow the use of fireworks, we want you to be safe. Fireworks can present a hazard to your home, family and guests. Here are some tips. Only use fireworks outdoors. Always have water handy (a hose or bucket). Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. […]