With the rush of the holiday season over, many of us are faced with the prospect of starting anew. For others, the New Year brings an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective. This translates into the often loathed, and occasionally loved, New Year’s resolution....

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New Year’s resolutions often come associated with enormous pressure to attain something nearly unreachable. That’s why only 8 percent of the population is successful in achieving their resolutions. Increase your chances and start with something that you can easily achieve. Improving your home also o ers the promise of great, long lasting, benefits. That’s why we’ve created this attainable, monthly calendar for you to improve your home. With some simple, often low-cost, maintenance tasks, you can win at the most satisfying goal of all: protecting your loved ones....

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Technology is a fantastic thing. In today’s advancing world, you can change the temperature in your house when you’re 30 minutes away. You can tell your refrigerator to add an item to a shopping list. You can even verbally tell your remote the TV show you want to watch. Seconds later, the TV will spring to life, granting your wish at a moment’s notice....

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You’ve taken the plunge and decided to invest in a home security system. Wise move. Before you join the ranks of the ultimate in home protection, you must decide whether to install a wired or a wireless home security system....

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Decorating for the holidays is a joyful time. The bright colors. The cozy fireplaces. The cheerful music. Cheesy, yet wonderful specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. The chocolate peppermint bark. It’s the perfect time of year to host a white elephant gift exchange. During this time of giving, it’s important you help keep fire safety top of mind....

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During the holidays, there is a dramatic spike of home burglaries. Most of these break-ins occur during the daytime hours. Homes without security systems are highly targeted. Criminals also look for privacy fencing and large shrubs that help conceal their activities. Here is a list of 10 dos and don’ts to help keep your house safe this holiday....

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When you are practically born with a smartphone in one hand and an Xbox controller in the other, data security doesn’t exactly seem like a real concern. Who would want the contacts from your phone anyway, right? Wrong — beware of the harsh realities of the information age and train yourself to be defensive when it comes to your information....

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced when fuel is burned — in cars, stoves, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges and furnaces. When it builds up — especially indoors — you can be poisoned. The challenge is that carbon monoxide has no color or odor, which is why CO poisoning is the most common type of fatal poisoning globally. Because of this, the onus is on homeowners to prevent and detect CO to protect their families. Awareness and early response are critical to ensure that if it does happen in your home, you react quickly to minimize the impact....

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For families that appreciate today’s smart home features, security cameras can seem like a no-brainer. After all, security cameras can help identify would-be intruders at your door, give you peace of mind when a babysitter is watching your kids and help you keep an eye on pets while you’re away from home....

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Every parent worries about their kids’ safety, whether the concern is around bicycling, stranger danger or neighborhood bullies. As hard as it can be, it’s important for parents to teach kids how to look out for themselves (and their siblings). While many topics are covered at school or even on the playground, don’t assume kids have learned what they need to from another source. Here are some important tips to teach them first-hand...

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