Home & Garden

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

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FPL offers 10 ways to beat the winter chill and manage your electric bill

 

While extreme cold weather is rare in Florida, it can happen. And when it does, Florida Power & Light (FPL) wants to help you beat the chill and manage your electric bill.

Before you reach for your heater’s “on” button, FPL’s energy efficiency expert, Craig Muccio, says you may want to consider how it will impact your energy bill.  “Heating systems in many Florida homes are inefficient to operate,” he says. “In fact, strip or electric resistance-based heating can cost two to three times more energy than air conditioning.”

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

 

Trimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. Many prefer the look and scent of a fresh real tree rather than the artificial one; however, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. Keep the following tips in mind when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season:

It’s Time to Winterize Home Plumbing and Avoid Costly Problems

 

That first chilly autumn morning is the perfect reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the plumbing problems associated with cold weather. Southerners should take preventive action to protect their plumbing systems by late November. Failure to prepare early might prove costly when pipes freeze, which is why the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend taking these plumbing precautions early, when time is on your side, instead of waiting until cold weather arrives.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Halloween can be a scary time for parents, so it is important to remember some basic Trick-or-Treat safety tips.

According to nurse Vicki Coppen with the Florida Poison Information Center in Jacksonville, children are especially susceptible to eating adult medications around Halloween.  Kids are getting candy everywhere and can confuse a pill or a vitamin for a sweet.

"It can be easily mistaken for candy any time of the year, but especially when all the mind set right now is on candy," explained Coppen.  "If they see something sitting on the counter or the bathroom counter, they're going to think it's candy versus medications."

Coppen said the best thing is to make sure any medicines are kept out of sight and out of reach.

The Fresh Market Offers Devilishly Delicious Ideas for Enjoying “Eggstra” Easter Eggs

The Fresh Market Offers Devilishly Delicious Ideas for Enjoying “Eggstra” Easter Eggs

Every Easter, egg decorators are faced with a serious dilemma – what to do with all of those delightfully colored hard-boiled eggs? This year, The Fresh Market has the solution with some post-holiday creative takes on the classic Deviled Egg.