Don't ignore this hidden risk: Understanding underground service lines

Close your eyes for a moment and picture this scenario. 

You have a gorgeous maple tree on your property. For years it's been the focal point of your yard with people often stopping to tell you how lucky you are to have such a beautiful tree on your property. Sure, you're lucky, until that one summer day when that maple tree decides to push a tree root into a water pipe running underneath your property. 

What do you do now?

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That text? It can wait. Take the pledge to stop distracted driving

Distraction comes in many forms. 

In the car, it could mean taking your eyes off the road to change the radio station, taking your hands off the wheel to enjoy the first sip of morning coffee, or losing your focus because you're talking to a passenger. 

From eating, drinking, and personal grooming, to using a GPS, and talking or texting on a cell phone, there's no limit to the possible distractions while driving. Each one puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk. 

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Climb with care and step up to safe ladder practices

If you own a home, chances are you own a ladder. Since they're such common tools, it's easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 97 percent of ladder falls occur at home or on farms. Falls from a household ladder can easily cause sprains, broken bones, or worse. 

Always remember to think before you climb. 

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Preventing and limiting the damage from ice dams

Sure, the icicles hanging on the eaves of your house make for a picturesque, Instagram-worthy scene, but did you know they can spell big problems for your home? With the significant amount of snow many states received this winter, the same conditions that cause those pretty icicles to form can also lead to ice dams. 

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4 Tips to take to 'heart'

Did you know that February is National American Heart Month? Designated by the President of the United States each year, National American Heart Month aims to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular fitness. 

Heart disease is responsible for about one in every four deaths in the U.S. and claims the lives of more than half a million people each year, making it the leading cause of death in both men and women. By following these four simple tips, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and keep your heart healthy and strong. 

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