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811: The Number to Call Before Digging

Whether you’re planting a garden, installing a mailbox or hiring a contractor for a more complex job, it’s important to call 811 before digging in your yard.Why? Calling 811 will get your underground utility lines marked and your project off to a safe start.Utility service lines such as cable TV, telephone, electric, gas, water and sewer are often buried underground. Unintentionally striking one of these lines...

6 Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

For many, carving pumpkins is an annual tradition. However, pumpkins can be slippery, tough and difficult to work with...let alone create a design on.This Halloween, keep these safety tips in mind when you’re carving your pumpkin masterpiece:Prep your pumpkin and carving area. Keep your pumpkin dry so it doesn’t slip out of your hands when carving. Place newspaper under your pumpkin and have paper towels...

Don’t Leave the Leaves!

There’s nothing quite like the view of colorful leaves in autumn. But what do you do when they’ve all fallen and you’re left with a mess in your yard? Winter is quickly approaching, so it’s important to dispose of the leaves before the snow comes. But how can you do so safely (and legally)? Here’s what to know.CAN I BURN THE LEAVES? While many local...

Home Maintenance Checklist: Step by Step Guide to Prepare Your Home for the Fall

Your home is likely one of your most valuable assets and keeping it in good condition matters. Before the rainy, colder fall weather rolls in, taking certain steps to prepare your home can protect your home from sustaining damage during the fall and winter months. Clear out Gutters Spend a few hours clearing any debris out of home gutters and downspouts. Check the brackets holding...

Six Flammable Foods

Flour may seem harmless, but many people don’t realize that it has a hot temper. Under certain conditions, foods like flour are highly flammable and can result in fiery kitchen situations.Combustible foods are part of the reason why cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, and the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries according to the U.S....