January 18, 2013
Finding yourself stranded in your car due to treacherous conditions like snow, ice, poor visibility and slick roads only to discover you have junk in the trunk, rather than the necessary roadside emergency supplies, can place you and your family in jeopardy.
According to a new survey by State Farm® and KRC Research, more than 60 percent of drivers had some sort of "junk" (non-emergency supplies) in their trunk, and although 99 percent of drivers had at least one emergency supply in their vehicle, such as spare tire or jumper cables, a mere nine percent carried all the essential emergency roadside supplies, including:
For more information on the survey and tips if you're stranded on the roadside, visit:
Did you know when the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break? A one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors, soaking furniture, and ruining personal items. Cleaning up after a pipe burst is time consuming and smelly work, made even more difficult by the frigid temperatures.
There are two simple tasks homeowners can do in about two minutes that can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted: Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls and Run a small trickle of water at vulnerable cold and hot faucets.
Some other tips to prevent frozen pipes:
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