Vol. 9, Issue 7December 2017

Evaluating a Neighborhood
How can you know if the house you want is priced correctly for the neighborhood? READ MORE...

How to Be Happy in Retirement
Retirement can be a wonderful time of life. But there are a lot of things you should consider before you decide to take the plunge. READ MORE...

Holiday Safety for Kids
Children can be especially vulnerable to injury during the holidays. Here is what you can do to help keep them safe. READ MORE...


The holidays are here, with their lights and presents and getting together with friends. But don't let disaster wreck your season.

Practice fire safety. If you use candles for decoration, don't leave them unattended or put them close to anything flammable. Unplug outdoor lights when you are not home, and don't leave your tree lit unless you are nearby.

Be careful about drinking and driving. The combination of winter weather, busy roads and lots of people celebrating can be lethal. Don't drink and drive, and don't drive when you are tired or distracted.

Don't make your house an invitation to intruders. Burglars know that lots of people are away during the holidays. If you are gone, leave lights on, have your paper and mail taken in, and ask a neighbor or friend to check in on your house periodically. You also might want to let the local police know you will be away.

Finally, let your insurance agent know if you have something very valuable under the tree. That diamond necklace, for example, should be covered from the time you leave the shop; don't wait until Christmas morning.