Nationally, when temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. For every 1°C, expect a 1% increase in crime....

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Typically, we’re all about the idea of keeping your yard as neat and trim as possible because it gives burglars fewer places to hide. But if you’re a lover of all things green, you can still show off your award-worthy landscaping skills — and covertly subdue anyone who gets too close to your home. How, you ask? With rough, tough foliage designed to send even the meanest burglar scrambling for a first aid kit and a hug from Nana....

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Summer is always a welcome break from the treacherous winter, but it brings its own set of safety pitfalls — namely the extremely hot temperatures that can create a dangerous situation for the entire family — including your dog. Here are a few common pet hazards and our advice for avoiding them this season....

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Moving cross-country can be one of the biggest undertakings of your life. There are a million variables to consider — some of which you have very little control over. But with a meticulously crafted plan and careful execution, you can cut this mammoth project down to size. We’ve got a few helpful tips that’ll get you from New York to LA and everywhere in between — safely and easily. ...

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For almost all preteens and teens, social media is an integral part of daily life. With Facebook, Instagram and Twitter only a tap away, today’s young people are living their lives online. While some experts argue that some social media usage can be good because it enhances communication skills, access to knowledge and helps in improving self-awareness, it’s critical to ensure that your child is monitored and protected online. Here are some quick tips to make sure your child’s online experience is not only social, but also safe....

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26% of Americans put on their own fireworks shows at home on the Fourth of July, but a significant number end up injuring themselves in the process. ...

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Used as party rooms, play rooms and storage rooms, your basement is probably your home’s most versatile space. And if you’re not careful about fire safety, it can easily become you home’s most dangerous....

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Backyard barbecues are one of summer’s biggest perks. After months of being cooped up in your house eating regular fare prepared on a stove, the mild charring on your favorite foods and sweet tang of barbecue sauce tastes heavenly. And we’re certainly not alone in our barbecue obsession — 80% of Americans say that they attend at least one cookout in the summer....

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Across America, there are roughly 14,000 professional fireworks displays each Fourth of July. But about 26% of revelers choose to stage their own private shows at home. And while a healthy number of people are able to celebrate our country’s independence without incident, the period between June 20 and July 20 often gives way to a spike in fireworks-related injuries. For that reason alone, it’s probably best to leave the fireworks to the professionals. But if you’re determined to do fireworks yourself, you’re more likely to avoid injury with smart planning and careful handling. Here, we’ve assembled a few tips to help you light up the night — safely. And of course, if fireworks are illegal in your area, you should probably avoid them altogether....

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Millions of elderly people injure themselves in falls annually. Home security systems that are capable of quickly summoning emergency help may reduce the severity of their injuries, but the numbers are still pretty staggering. ...

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