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5 Tips for keeping your space heater in line (and your home still standing)

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Though Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, the U.S. Fire Administration lists February as one of the worst months for home heating fires. If we're lucky, we can turn down our heating systems in just a few weeks, but if Phil happens to be wrong, you might be using that space heater a bit longer. Unfortunately, the National Fire Pre...
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How to cook a Thanksgiving turkey: Advice from top chefs

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Thanksgiving is both delicious and dangerous, so we've found tips and tricks to help you cook your Thanksgiving bird to scrumptious perfection safely. ​ Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year. There's food and drink, then even more food and more drink, and just when you think you're full, you somehow find room for pie. But Thanksgiving ca...
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3 Things you absolutely must do if your house is haunted and the one thing you shouldn't

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Think you're living in a haunted house? We'll help you find out and deal with the ghost making your home their life-after-death nest.  So you have a ghost living in your house. Congratulations! First, that means your house is way cooler than your next door neighbor's, and second, you should have some awesome ghost stories for your Halloween pa...
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The after-hours home maintenance checklist

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Reading time: 4 minutes With bars and restaurants closed and national sports cancelled, what do you do during the evenings and on weekends after you've logged off work? After you've watched Frozen 2 for the twelfth time, we have a few suggestions that can make your home safer and more valuable as well as provide a little fun for you and your f...
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Not-so-scary essential fall home maintenance

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Get over your fear of tackling your home maintenance list with these essential autumn repairs you can complete before the trick-or-treaters arrive. ​Halloween is a time for ghoulish delights, not homeowner frights, but that's exactly what your home might deliver. And when you have expected guests popping in for treats, you don't want to worry about...
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Is your home the right size for your family?

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're spending more time in your home, you may notice things you didn't before. You almost never open that closet. You can't find the right pan for stir fry, or you can hear your fiancé's conference call from three rooms over. And then you realize – the home you thought was your dream house might, in fact, be...
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Quick TIPS: How to stay connected when social distancing

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We're not going to lie. St. Patrick's Day was hard this year. Our Founder Alfred Bentley found it eerie (but necessary) to practice social distancing and not be with his usual friends and family over the holiday. Hence, this party –  "While we were all online, I asked, 'Hey. Why don't we get on a video call?'" Alfred recounted for us the ...
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How to keep your home healthy from coronavirus

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Reading time: 4 minutes At vipHomeLink, our mission is to help improve the safety of your home, so we reached out to Dr. Suzanne Bentley, Medical Director of the Elmhurst Satellite Simulation Center at Mount Sinai, to get answers to important questions you may have about the spread of coronavirus and what steps you can take to keep your home&n...
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Creating a “work away from work” space at home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some companies have requested their employees work remotely. While 43% of U.S. employees already work from home occasionally, everyday remote working may be a drastic shift for some employees, especially those not used to producing away from the office. So we have a few ti...
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What you need to know to join the smart home revolution

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Reading time: 5 minutes From video doorbells to lights to refrigerators, the smart home revolution is underway! According to the National Council of Home Safety and Security , more than 47% of Millennial homeowners have smart devices in their homes, and an incredible 81% of home buyers say they'd be more apt to buy a home with smart tech devic...
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Quick TIPS: Spring cleaning safety tips for home

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is right around the corner, which means soon you'll be going all Marie Kondo on your home. But before you start your spring cleanup, we have a few quick tips that'll keep all your cleaning from going to waste and keep your family healthy year-round.   Spring cleaning "cleaning" tips   Use (several) microfibe...
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7 Retro items no longer in your home + safety tips for your modern abode

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National Retro Day is today, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing machines became a favorite...
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The ultimate way to prevent catastrophic water damage while you’re on winter vacay

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Reading time: 5 minutes It's that time of the winter again. Halfway between the holidays and spring, you want to take a mid-winter break, but what happens to your house while you're away? Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can have a devastating effect on a home without proper preparation. Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc...
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Winter survival tips for your roof – expert edition

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​From the rough weather to the frigid temps, winter can do a number on your roof. That's why we reached out to Novalis Roofing & Sliding , which has served Northern New Jersey homeowners for more than 80 years. Owner Jonathan Novalis gave us expert insight to combat the major roofing problems of the season and important tips to keep your home's...
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Get your home into shape in 3 simple steps

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When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Made sure you have GFCI outlets installed where they are required? Replaced the hose to your washer? (And it's a braided metal hose, right? Not rubber?) There is a lot to track inside your home, and vipHomeLink can help. Enter the Home Fitness Index (HFI). The HFI tells you how "in shape" you...
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QUICK TIPS: Taking care of well water woes

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Properly constructed wells and private water supply systems do not need an excessive amount of maintenance, but the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends that you schedule a well water check-up annually to ensure the safety of your water and to monitor for contaminants.  But what do you do if something just isn't right with ...
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Outsmart the invisible killer

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​Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and in honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we at vipHomeLink decided to tell you how to avoid becoming rad...
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5 burning questions (and answers!) about gas fireplaces

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Hot cocoa, falling snow, a crackling fire – that's the picture-perfect winter scene, isn't it? You can get it with a push of a button thanks to gas fireplaces, but any time you start a fire in your home, safety should be paramount. To learn how to mitigate gas fireplace dangers and prevent an unwanted fire, we spoke with Paul Pirro of PSE&G's A...
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Quick TIPS: Warning signs of a gas leak in your fireplace

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Nothing warms you up on a cold winter's night quite like a fireplace. Though gas fireplaces have become safer in the last 20 years with shut-off devices and oxygen depletion sensors, homeowners still need to practice safety procedures, but when they should be worried? We spoke with Paul Pirro from PSE&G's Appliance Service to learn the signs th...
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Quick TIPS: Top tips for keeping your toddler safe at home

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Babies are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.   Secure empty electrical outlets​   Place little plastic pieces into electrical outlets when they're not in use. These items are inexpensive and handy for travel, b...
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