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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

Jul 14 2018 If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But, when you’re boating after... more

Summer Driving Tips

Jun 11 2018 Summer’s almost here! The sun will come out of hiding more regularly and people will too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and about, whether on... more

Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

Apr 10 2018 My "granddog", pictured above, is acting like he is sorry he went through the living room's window screen when trying to greet someone who stopped by to visit. You, and I, probably don’t think our dogs would ever bite someone, let alone cause a... more

Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Mar 2 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem even more tragic when you... more

Tips for Buying a Safe Car

Jan 8 2018 Everyone's heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone). Even though our... more

Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

Dec 6 2017 From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and certification company UL (... more

Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

Sep 15 2017 That oh-so-covetable experience of relaxing in your outdoor hot tub or taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, both when the weather’s nice and when it starts to cool down. With the summer heat fading now that... more

Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

Aug 8 2017 As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects should be in the “long-term... more

Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Jun 12 2017 Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for me, and maybe for you. For those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it's often a hassle too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can handle to make your home... more

Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

Apr 8 2017 In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered?Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be awarded, be extremely expensive... more

Young Driver Safety

Mar 8 2017 Talking to Your Young Driver About Safe DrivingWhen teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car crashes are the leading... more

Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

Feb 7 2017 You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone.Even still, technology already plays a big role in... more

7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

Jan 6 2017 No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so, you may not have even... more

Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

Dec 2 2016 It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). While this doesn't occur frequently in our area, does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity —... more

Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Nov 4 2016 Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your phone or other mobile device, so... more

How to Deal With Road Rage

Sep 2 2016 Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations on the road that come across as... more

Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

Aug 9 2016 When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water — whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... more

Safety Tips For Your Summer Vacation

Jul 10 2016 The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our beautiful Washington State beaches, parks, city attractions or events. While the weather is sunny, the water cool and there are plenty of activities... more

What to Do After a Car Accident...

Feb 5 2016 Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice, thick grey fog – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road in the Pacific Northwest. Between our mountain passes covered with snow and the valleys filled with fog we sometimes forget to use... more

How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Jan 11 2016 About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And while... more

Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Dec 16 2015 It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way to get some peace of mind is... more

Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

Nov 7 2015 It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own right. Unfortunately, the... more

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