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New Year’s resolutions for your home

Welcoming the new year often means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. According to a recent survey by Finder®, an estimated 188.9 million adult Americans (approximately 74% of the population) planned to make New Year’s resolutions in 2021. The top categories for resolutions typically include health, self-improvement, and money, but have you ever thought about making resolutions for your home?

People often make resolutions because they’re hoping to better their lives in some way. Ultimately accomplishing these goals leads to better health and happiness. While personal resolutions are most common, completing resolutions for your home can also result in improved health and happiness. This is especially true now as many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before.

For some ideas and inspiration, check out these 10 resolutions for your home from Lifehack. If that’s a little overwhelming, American Home Shield offers these 12 resolutions, recommending one for each month of the year.


National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally-formed radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. Because radon comes naturally from the earth as chemical elements break down in rocks, soil, and groundwater, people are always exposed to it. Exposure to high levels of radon is incredibly dangerous.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. Fortunately, exposure to dangerous levels of radon is preventable. Testing for radon will let you know if your home has elevated levels of radon, allowing you to take step to fix the problem.

To learn more about radon, including health risks, testing, and mitigation, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Citizen’s Guide to Radon and frequently asked questions.


Snowmobile safety

Winter is a favorite time of year for many people who like to snowmobile. According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), there are more than 1.1 million snowmobiles registered in the United States, with 51,036 snowmobiles purchased in 2020. While this popular sport provides hours of adventure and enjoyment, it also presents some very real dangers.

If you’re hitting the trails this winter, please be sure to prepare for your ride and drive responsibly to keep you, your passengers, and other snowmobilers safe. Whether you’re a novice or experienced rider, it’s important to understand the risks of snowmobiling and steps to keep yourself safe.

Check out our free eBook for snowmobile safety tips or the Safe Riders site for the essentials of snowmobiling safety, including a lot of great information, tips, and quizzes.

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