With Winter Here, Keep Heating Safety Tips in Mind

Even before winter officially arrived, it probably took only a few chilly nights to get you to reach for your thermostat. No matter when you decide to put your home heating system back in action, be mindful that heating equipment ranks second only to cooking among the leading causes of house fires. The good news…

Outsmart Mother Nature: Insurance Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes, capable of causing billions of dollars in losses, are among the most catastrophic forms of weather, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). In 2012, Hurricane Sandy – the second costliest hurricane to hit the United States since 1900 – pummeled more than a dozen East Coast states with heavy rainfall and winds exceeding…

Nifty Apps and Devices for Safer, Stress-Free Summer Travel

Before you pull out the beach garb and head out of town for some much-needed R&R this summer, check out these apps and devices. Designed to keep the anxiety of traveling at a minimum, the following apps and devices on the market today can help streamline your travel planning process and keep you safe on…

Home Security Apps Help Users Stay Connected and Protected

Thanks to mobile apps designed specifically for home security, many homeowners have found that being on the go doesn’t have to mean being out of touch. The continuing improvement of wireless communication networks has added a new dimension to home security — namely, you don’t have to be at home to interact with your alarm system….

The 15 Mid-Size Cities Least Prone to Car Theft

  After a long day at work, you pull into your driveway and head inside, but forget to grab your keys from the ignition. The following morning, your car has vanished. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, a vehicle was stolen every 46 seconds in the U.S. in 2014; 689,527 vehicles in all. About…

Simple Ways to Show Your Car Some TLC This Spring

  Spring has sprung, and all you can think about is a pleasant drive to the coast, the mountains or your favorite lake. But after an hour on the road, your car stalls. Your carefree drive has become a tow-truck ride to a nearby mechanic.   Trading a relaxing getaway for a hefty repair bill…

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Ensure Your Engagement Ring Is Protected

  Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but engagement season never ends. People say “yes” all year round, particularly in December, when 16 percent of the year’s marriage proposals occur, according to WeddingWire. And, the rings that seal the deal cost an average of $5,598, according to a Real Weddings Study conducted by The Knot…