We change on Sunday morning at 2:00am to Daylight Savings Time…springing forward one hour. In the larger scheme of things, that shouldn’t be any big thing. Right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case. Medical researchers have actually spent numerous hours studying the impact of the loss of that hour of sleep. Take a look at some of the things they have found: Read the rest of this entry »
It’s here again: pothole season. And given the severity of this past winter, it seems like there are more really huge potholes than ever! Auto repair shops have been fixing blown tires, bent rims, and broken or bent suspension components at record levels.
Of course, if you’re a driver who’s hit one of those monster holes on the road, and then had to pay the repair bill, you want to know “who pays!” Here are the basics: Read the rest of this entry »
Many small companies think, “We’re not big enough to be the target of a cyber attack. That just happens to huge organizations like Target or Neiman Marcus.”
Well, think again. A 2012 Data Breach Investigations Study by Verizon revealed that out of 855 data breaches, 71 percent occurred in businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The company’s 2013 Report also showed attacks on small business increasing in record numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have a sump pump in your basement?
If you answered, yes…doing an annual maintenance check is important in order to avoid costly problems if it fails, which of course, always happens at precisely the worst time.
Late winter/early spring is the best time to do that check before any snowmelt or heavy spring rains can lead to a flooded basement. Even with a winter without a great deal of snow (so far) here in New England, you still need to check your pump! Read the rest of this entry »
This winter has been a fairly weird one! Temperatures in the 50′s one day, then falling below zero with wind chill factors in the minus numbers 24 hours later! And even though we’re all seasoned New Englanders (right?), there are a few basic Super Cold Weather/Storm tips that are worth repeating, including…
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires and associated fire deaths peak between December and February. And cooking is the leading cause of home fires year round. So obviously, preparing holiday meals and preparations for parties increases the use of stovetops and ovens…and that increases the risk. Make sure you understand how to safely put out a kitchen fire (and when to get out and call 911.) Read the rest of this entry »
Auto accidents happen all year round. But with winter upon us and dangerous road conditions arising with greater frequency, there is a greater chance of auto accidents. We thought it would be a good time to outline what to do if you’re involved in an accident: Read the rest of this entry »
There are lots of warning signs that you have potentially been the victim of identity theft; here are some of the key indications:
- New accounts appear on your credit report.
- There are unexplained withdrawals and charges on your statements.
- You haven’t received your bills, statements or other important mail in a long time. (The thief may have changed your address)
- You are receiving calls from debt collection agencies about products or services you didn’t buy.
- You apply for credit and are turned down.
- You receive a credit card you know you didn’t apply for. Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays are a time of greater risk for identity theft. You are using your credit cards and debit cards more often, companies use significantly more temporary workers (who may or may not have had background checks) and many people make purchases from online companies they have never heard of before. Read the rest of this entry »
Of all twelve months of the year, NOVEMBER has the highest incidence of car collisions with deer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are about 1 million car accidents with deer each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage. Here is some helpful information that just might protect you from having one of these dangerous encounters: Read the rest of this entry »