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Cooking Safety Tips To Know Before Starting Turkey Prep

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Reading time: 3 minutes ​ It's not surprising that most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving, followed closely by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association found that fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires in 2016 alone. Over a 10-year perio...
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15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast & Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. That's approximately 470 home cooking fires a day that were reported. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak da...
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The Best Weather App for Your Home

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​ "Weather impacts our lives and our homes in so many ways," says vipHomeLink Founder + CEO Alfred Bentley. Whether you take an umbrella on your way out of the door or switch that outdoor run to a treadmill workout, is determined by what's happening outside your house. But weather is essential to the inside of your home as well. If the Polar Vortex...
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11 Home Fire Facts That Will Alarm You

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Reading time: 6 minutes  ​ Home fires happen, and a startling number of them can be prevented. We know what you're thinking – "It won't happen to me" – but it happens to approximately 354,400 homes every year . By following a few home fire safety tips, you can lower your home fire risk and help to protect your loved ones. We recently welcomed ...
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354,400 Reasons to Have a Home Inventory & How to Create One

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Close your eyes. Now, can you name every valuable item in your home? Probably not. A report by the National Fire Protection Association estimates an average of 354,400 homes suffer a structure fire each year. While no one expects their home to be involved in a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, it's important to be ready for such an event.&nbs...
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Fall Home Projects 2020: Get Your Maintenance On

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Reading time: 3 minutes Remember how long March was this year? Well, guess what? It's already fall! As more homeowners are improving their homes this year , we wanted to help by giving you the prime fall home improvement ideas for 2020. We reached out to Matt Van Cleve, a home improvement contractor who has been helping homeowners enhance thei...
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What Is a Derecho Storm, and Why Isn’t There a Warning?

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Reading time: 2 minutes  There are tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings, and excessive heat warnings. Unfortunately, there isn't a derecho warning quite yet, but a derecho is another way Mother Nature unleashes her fury. Before you can protect your family and home from a derecho, it's important to know what you're up against.  What exa...
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How to Beat Extreme Heat - Home Edition

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Reading time: 3 minutes Extreme heat means you're now ordering iced coffee, and you're no longer cooking on your stove. You can fry that egg right on the pavement. Since heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US and Death Valley hit incredible highs recently, we figured it was a good time to help you stay cool at ...
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The Tornado Preparedness Checklist for Your Home

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Reading time: 5 minutes While "Tornado Alley" may be located in the center of the US, tornadoes have been happening frequently in other parts of the country as well. For those of us who aren't Dorothy Gale, check out these tornado safety tips to help your family avoid a dangerous situation with Mother Nature. #1 - Make a home checklist and complete...
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How’s It Shaking: How to Make Your Home Earthquake Safe

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes You probably like to keep your feet on solid ground, but in some parts of the US, that is an issue . Recent studies found California has a heightened risk for the next big earthquake, meaning more than 3 million homes could be damaged as a result. If you've been putting off making your earthquake kit and securing your home...
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Home Projects You Should Leave to the Professionals

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Reading time: 3 minutes  Google may be your best friend when it comes to research, but it may also be your worst enemy. While it may not matter how many seasons Stranger Things has in everyday life, erroneous information about your home can be a matter of life or death when it comes to DIY projects. If you rewire your outlet incorrectly or fai...
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DIY Home Electrical Safety Tips for New Homeowners

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Electricity pervades our lives. From your cell phone to your TV to your porch light, you might not realize how much you depend upon electricity until a blackout. For new homeowners, there's even a steeper learning curve when it comes to electrical safety at home. That's why Caroline and Jacqueline recently welcomed Brett B...
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Why Dialing 811 Before You Dig Is Not Optional

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Reading time: 3 minutes  While replacing a mailbox post or starting a garden may seem like innocuous tasks, they can lead to incredible danger. "I remembered seeing a news story about a DIYer who hit a natural gas line," says vipHomeLink Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley, "and I never wanted that to be me!" When Alfred wanted to dig up tree stump...
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What You Need to Know about Home Inspections from a Master Inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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The 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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Hurricane season has arrived. In fact, it came early this year with our first named storm passing by the East Coast in mid-May. So it's no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that this year could be "extremely active," with a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane season. That means you can expect power o...
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5 Tips to Save Your Home from Severe Summer Storms

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes  It's not everyday your Zoom call gets interrupted with, "Hey, everyone. I have to log off and head down to my basement. There's a tornado not too far from here." That happened recently during one of our team's conference calls, so it occurred to us that perhaps it's time to put together some storm preparation ti...
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[Infographic] Social Distancing To-Do List – Home Improvement Projects During the Pandemic

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Reading time: 5 minutes  We know you love your home – or at least, you live there. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all American homeowners are planning to give their homes more TLC. A survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of us (vipHomeLink) revealed how homeowners are tackling home maintenance or improvement projects duri...
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Answered: FAQs about Pet Safety at Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes  When vipHome Podcast Host Caroline Brenneis brought home Zoey, her mini-Australian Labradoodle puppy, she wanted to make sure her new furbaby stayed safe. But whether you're getting your first – or fifth! – pet, it's important to know the tips and tricks to keeping your pet safe when you're home or at work. That's why ...
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Bought a New Home? Here's the 10 Things You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4 minutes  At vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating our homes and the people within them. So in honor of New Homeowners Day (May 1st), we put together the top things new homeowners need to know when moving into their new abode. #1 – Smoke alarms have expiration dates ​   If your "new" home is an older dwelling, you most l...
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15 Things New Homeowners Totally Need (and Some They Actually Want)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Housewarming gifts help a new house feel like a home. This is especially important when it comes to a first home, but what do your friends or family actually need? Sure, a candle or a bottle wine is a great gift, but is it something that they'll use to maintain or improve the home? Check out this list of the best gifts for n...
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