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Protect Yourself from Home Improvement Scams

As a homeowner, has the following scenario ever happen to you? You receive an unexpected knock at the door from an individual claiming to be a contractor who just finished up a home improvement project in your neighborhood. It just so happens this “contractor” has leftover materials and is offering significant discounts to other homeowners…
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Keep Your Backyard Bistro Safe

Spring is the perfect time of year to start firing up the grill for family and friends. Opening up your “Backyard Bistro” to others is a great way to entertain, but only if you make it a safe establishment to visit. Between 2005 and 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 8,200 home fires…
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The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Ovens

What would we ever do without microwave ovens? These convenient cookers have become such an integral part of our daily lives, which makes it easy to overlook the risks. If not properly maintained or used, they can be just as dangerous as traditional gas or electric ovens. A potential hidden hazard is the leakage of…
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