Driving safely through work zones: Protecting yourself and construction workers

Roadway construction zones are dangerous, and not just for the people who work in them. In fact, drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes. In Wisconsin alone, there is an average of 2,000 work zone crashes each year and penalties for careless driving through work zones are steep. 

Drivers must stay attentive to safely navigate the barrels, signs, and lane changes that are common in work zones. Being safe in a work zone means paying attention to the three S's: speed, stress, and space. 

 

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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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On your mark...Get set...Go! Planning a successful run/walk

According to Running USA, there were more than 18.3 million race registrants in the U.S. in 2017. With numbers like these, it's no surprise that run/walk charity events are becoming a popular fundraiser. 

Participating in a run/walk as either a runner or volunteer is one thing, but planning your own run/walk event is another altogether. 

 

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Homeowner headaches: Protecting your basement from water damage

Melting snow, rain showers, and warmer weather, oh my! The signs of spring are a welcome sight...until all that extra water winds up in your basement. 

Basements are especially prone to water damage and it's estimated that 98% of basements in the U.S. will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime. If it happens to your home or commercial building, you could face large repair costs or a decline in indoor air quality associated with mold and mildew. 

What can you do to protect your home and keep your basement dry?

The first step is to understand the difference between flooding and water back up. Then, make sure you know what's covered under your insurance policy.

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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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