Tips for preparing for and recovering from winter weather

Helping you and your family prepare and recover from winter storms.

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How to winterize a house

Winterizing your home to protect against snow and below-freezing temps can help your home withstand the ups, downs and erratic moods of Mother Nature.

Can you drive safely in severe weather?

It's helpful to know how to drive safely in ice, snow, rain, fog and other inclement weather.

What is hypothermia? Signs and causes

Hypothermia is a misunderstood condition that's caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.

All winter storm articles for your car

How to get ice off of your windshield and other tips

Clearing frost, removing snow and scraping ice helps increase your road visibility while driving during the winter months.

Winter car tips

Help prepare your car for winter with these tips.

What are the best tires for winter driving?

Know the tires you need for winter driving, and how to maintain them for increased tire safety.

What is black ice? Watch for this winter road hazard

Black ice can be hard to spot on a wintry road. State Farm® offers these tips for black ice safety.

Basic winter driving tips

Learn how to navigate snow, heavy fog, ice and more.

All winter storm articles for your home

Winter sidewalk safety tips for home and business owners

Winter sidewalk safety is a chore, but keeping your sidewalk clear of ice and snow during the winter might help prevent accidents and trouble.

Protect your business property from slip and falls

What small business owners/landlords can do to help prevent slips, trips and falls and what to do if they happen.

Are electric blankets safe?

Before you plug in your cozy electric blanket, heated mattress pad or even a pet heating pad consider these safety tips.

Wood stove and space heater safety

Learn how to keep your family safe and warm with these recommended safety tips.

Causes and prevention for carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to humans and animals. Learn the warning signs on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

How to prevent pipes from freezing

Consider these ideas to help prevent frozen pipes — and what you might try if they do freeze.

Furnace maintenance tips

Help keep your home furnace running smoothly and efficiently.

Furnace tips for extreme cold

During unusually cold days your furnace can work harder than usual. Read more about furnace tips in extreme cold weather.

Storm windows: Protect your home from extreme elements

High temperatures, humidity, strong winds and hurricanes can really take a toll on homes. Have you thought about trying storm windows for protection?

How to remove snow from the roof

Snow on the roof may look pretty, but too much can potentially cause structural damage.

Tips for the family

Winter recreation: Ice safety

If you plan to go out on the ice for winter activities, keep these ice safety considerations in mind.

Stay warm and safe during winter activities

Use these tips to help reduce the risks related to cold and keep you safe during your winter activities.

Seasonal light & more solutions to help beat the winter blues

Natural solutions to help combat seasonal affective disorder until spring arrives.

Prepare your babysitter for emergencies

Prepare your babysitter for success and emergency situations by leaving important information about your house, your family and your child.

How a storm shelter or safe room can help protect against severe weather

Constructing a storm shelter space within your home can help protect you from natural disasters and weather emergencies.

Teaching your kids emergency preparedness

Weather emergencies may scare your kids, but helping them understand what to expect can help reduce the stress.

Insurance tips

How to create a home inventory

A home inventory can expedite insurance claims process after theft, damage or loss.

Flooded basement? How to deal with common causes

Wet basement problems can cost you thousands of dollars. Here are steps to help identify the source of the water and ways to minimize your risk.

Why should I review my home insurance annually?

The next time you need to renew your insurance policies, consider taking these steps to make sure you understand what your coverages are.

What you need to know about replacement cost vs market value

Learn the difference between replacement cost value and market value coverage to make an informed decision when purchasing home insurance.

What is individual liability insurance and what does it cover?

Liability insurance is typically a portion of the coverage for a home or vehicle policy. A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy may be another viable option for further protection.

Personal property and casualty insurance

What is personal property and casualty insurance? Learn more information on automobile, homeowners, watercraft, condo, renters and more.

Tips for recovering from a winter storm

How to remove snow from the roof

Snow on the roof may look pretty, but too much can potentially cause structural damage.

Pros and cons of metal roofs for your home

Whether you're buying a home with one or thinking of installing, here's what to know.

Help protect yourself from contractor scams

If your area got hit hard with a catastrophe or weather event, shady contractors may arrive offering repairs. Learn tips that might help you spot them.

Which emergency backup generator is right for you?

Considerations for permanent and portable generators.

DIY home improvement or when to hire a pro

Before jumping into a home or apartment project, weigh the pros and cons of a DIY approach vs. hiring a pro.

What is an impact-resistant roof?

If you're ready for a new roof, now's a great time to upgrade to sturdier materials to create an impact-resistant roof that may save you time, money and hassle down the road.

Whole house water leak detection systems with automatic shut-off

Learn how to help prevent costly water damage and the different water leak detection systems with automatic shutoff valves available on the market today.

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