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Archive for July, 2014

22
Jul

I always clean the dryer lint trap out but have never thought about the hose that connects from my dryer to the outside vent. Will be adding this to my to do list for this weekend and hoping it does not look like this.. Our friends at West Bend have some great cleaning tips. Please share this with others:http://www.thesilverlining.com/westbendcares/blog/bid/199768/How-to-protect-your-family-from-a-dryer-fire    

14
Jul

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 27 percent of home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 29 percent started on a balcony or open porch, and 6 percent started in the kitchen. How can you stay safe when grilling in your northcentral Wisconsin home? Here are a few grilling safety tips from the NFPA: Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed

14
Jul

In north central Wisconsin, summer is a great season for road trips, but have you ever considered the toll summer heat can have on your car during a long drive? The same is true of motorcycles and boats — a few cracked hoses can mean an end to the summer fun. Below are a few summer maintenance tips for cars, motorcycles and boats. Summer maintenance for your car Check your tires. In hot weather, misaligned or improperly

14
Jul

Businesses throughout Marathon and Portage County are in need of surety bonds — an agreement that provides monetary compensation to a third party (obligee) if the insured party (principal) fails to perform specific acts within a stated period. The principal usually pays an annual premium in exchange for the surety credit. In the event a claim is filed, the surety investigates. If the claim is valid, the surety pays it and then seeks reimbursement from

14
Jul

Central Wisconsin's dog days of summer — hot and muggy — can be a toll on your body and your pocketbook. So how can you keep yourself and your house cool while minimizing costs incurred by running your air conditioning? If possible, run heat-generating appliances, like stoves and dishwashers, in the evening. Use an outdoor grill to cook your meals. Also, adjust the pilot light on your gas stove to ensure it doesn’t produce

14
Jul

When you are in and around the lakes and rivers of central Wisconsin, water safety is critical. There are two items of interest Compass Insurance would like to point out. First, drowning doesn’t look like it does in the movies. A series of articles in publications nationwide pointed out this fact. The common conception is that a potential drowning victim flails about and yells for “help.” In fact, this is not often the case —drowning

14
Jul

July is sun safety month and now that summer has arrived in central Wisconsin, chances are you and your family are spending some quality time in the sun. To keep your family safe and healthy, Compass Insurance services would like to offer you a few summer sun guidelines. If you’ve ever spent too much time in the sun you’ve seen — and felt — the consequences: Sunburn — an inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to

07
Jul

Most homeowners and renters policies provide coverage for theft of money or credit cards; however, the amount of coverage is limited (usually $200 in cash and $50 on credit cards). Once you have reported the loss or theft of your credit card to the issuing company, you are responsible for only $50 of unauthorized use.   Some companies now include coverage for identity theft as part of their homeowners insurance policy. Check your policy to find out.