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From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

Sales of pools, trampolines and other backyard recreational items have surged in recent weeks as families try to salvage a summer marred by camp closures, community pool shutdowns, travel restrictions and continued anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Vendors in the U.S. and Canada have sold out of above-ground pools while pool shop owners continue to…

Heavy Rain, Dam Failures Unleash ‘500-Year Flood’ in Mid-Michigan

Approximately 10,000 Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on May 19 after catastrophic dam failures sent flood waters rushing through Midland and Saginaw counties, destroying homes, decimating roads and bridges, and leaving one small village in near ruin. Heavy rainfall in the area caused water levels in the Tittabawassee River to surge, leading…

Millions in Jewelry and Cash Stolen After Alleged Burglary Ring Stalks Social Media

Suspected members of a highly-organized burglary ring were arrested in Miami, Florida last month for allegedly using social media and other surveillance techniques to target homeowners in upscale neighborhoods and steal millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry and cash. On February 18, 10 suspects were charged with racketeering, conspiracy and burglary, putting an end to…

Millions on Flood Watch Following Winter Storms

A powerful storm system that tore through a massive swath of the U.S. on January 11 and 12 was responsible for the tragic loss of 11 lives, cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of households and putting more than 20 million Americans under flood watch. The deadly storms in the South and Midwest brought…

6 Action Steps to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? According to a YouGov poll, the top personal New Year’s resolutions for 2019 were to exercise more, adopt healthy eating habits, and save more money. Business leaders commonly resolve to improve efficiency, update technology or facilities and reduce their carbon footprint. Whatever your resolutions for 2020, the odds…

Mitigate Elf Mischief Risks This Holiday Season

Broken light fixtures, dented drywall, syrup-coated appliances—these are classic examples of holiday magic gone wrong. With the season in full swing, more and more homeowners are waking up each morning to a new dose of destruction brought by a well-intentioned but sometimes overzealous houseguest: the Elf on the Shelf. What began in 2005 as a…

New Prevention Efforts Reduce Wildfire Losses Despite More Fires, Dry Conditions

On November 7, the Kincade Fire—so far the largest, most destructive fire of the 2019 California wildfire season—was fully contained and extinguished after scorching 120 square miles of Sonoma wine country in two weeks. The more than 400 structures destroyed in the Kincade Fire represent over half of all property losses due to wildfires in…

5 Tips for Safe and Secure Hosting During the Holidays

As the holiday season begins in earnest, we anticipate gatherings of family and friends filled with love, laughter and plenty of food and drink. When hosting such gatherings, make sure that your plans include safeguarding your home and guests against some of the season’s most common mishaps. While you cannot foresee or prevent every scenario,…

2019 Slated as California’s Worst Wildfire Year Yet

Late on September 2 a 117-acre mountainside wildfire, dubbed Snoqualmie Fire, ignited less than a mile from a residential neighborhood in Layton, Utah, prompting mandatory evacuations of 125 homes. The fire, which reportedly came within 100 to 200 yards of homes, began just one day after officials announced 100 percent containment of the Gun Range…