Home & Garden

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:


Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety


Trimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. Many prefer the look and scent of a fresh real tree rather than the artificial one; however, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. Keep the following tips in mind when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season:

It’s Time to Winterize Home Plumbing and Avoid Costly Problems


That first chilly autumn morning is the perfect reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the plumbing problems associated with cold weather. Southerners should take preventive action to protect their plumbing systems by late November. Failure to prepare early might prove costly when pipes freeze, which is why the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend taking these plumbing precautions early, when time is on your side, instead of waiting until cold weather arrives.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Halloween can be a scary time for parents, so it is important to remember some basic Trick-or-Treat safety tips.

According to nurse Vicki Coppen with the Florida Poison Information Center in Jacksonville, children are especially susceptible to eating adult medications around Halloween.  Kids are getting candy everywhere and can confuse a pill or a vitamin for a sweet.

"It can be easily mistaken for candy any time of the year, but especially when all the mind set right now is on candy," explained Coppen.  "If they see something sitting on the counter or the bathroom counter, they're going to think it's candy versus medications."

Coppen said the best thing is to make sure any medicines are kept out of sight and out of reach.

Mother Organizes Jacksonville's First Chiari Walk

Mother Organizes Jacksonville's First Chiari Walk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a new walk hitting the streets of Jacksonville; it's for a rare disorder.

Amanda Wendorff, of Orange Park, said she thought she was alone, when just last year her 7-year-old son was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation.

"I didn't know anyone that had it," explains Wendorff when her son was first diagnosed.

Through social media and searches online she found a small group of people on the First Coast also dealing with the challenges of Chiari.

It is a disorder that can affect the brain and spinal cord and causes excruciating headaches. 

In an effort to spread awareness about this possibly debilitating disorder she has organized the first ever Conquer Chiari Walk in Jacksonville.

It is a nationwide event that will take place in several states all on the same day.

Modern Day Milkman Comes to Town - Propane Tanks Delivered To You

Modern Day Milkman Comes to Town - Propane Tanks Delivered To You

Shane Sheffield and Todd Knowles consider themselves grill masters. But, they both had the same issue - empty propane tanks interrupting their grilling time.

Their frustration became a business idea...what if someone would come to their home to remove their empty propane tank and deliver a fresh tank? And, so Tank Swap Taxi was born!