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Keeping your Identity Secure Over the Holidays

Around this time of year, the holiday sales are at their prime while everyone is gearing up to buy presents, decorations, and other goods. Criminals count on the holidays to find easy targets for scams and theft. Here are a few things to look out for:   Keep an eye on your receipts and statements:  It’s a great reference to verify unknown charges on one of your accounts. Should something appear incorrect, contact your bank immediately.   Charity Scams: Do your research before donating to a charity, especially during the holiday season. If you’ve never heard of it before, it is best to do a quick search online to be sure it is credible. This is often the time of year where we see a rise in charity scams.  If you’d like to give back this holiday season, contact the charity of your choice directly to find out how you can donate, or volunteer with their organization.   Protect Yourself Online:  When shopping online, try to shop at reputable sto ...

Fire Safety for the Holidays

The holidays are a memorable time to create memories with family and friends, however, you do not want your holiday season to be memorable for the wrong reasons. Household fires during the holiday season are more frequent, deadly and costly than any other time of the year. To ensure a safe holiday season for all, keep these tips in mind: Cooking Holiday celebrations are not complete without a delicious feast; however, it is important you take precautions against cooking fires. Keep flammable items away from the stove, oven or other conductible appliances. Never leave a hot stove or oven unattended. Decorations Holiday decorations and string lights can be dangerous if not assembled or used properly. Be sure to inspect your string lights and throw out any with any cracked bulbs or frayed wires. For all electric decorations, be sure to not overload extension cords and turn off all lights and decorations before leaving your home or going to sleep. Consider purchasing decorations which are no ...

Blast into the New Year Safely

New Year’s Eve is a popular day for fireworks displays, as everyone enjoys blasting off into the new year. As fun as setting off your own fireworks display can be, it could easily become dangerous should safety precautions not be in place. Fireworks used incorrectly can lead to some serious injuries. In preparation for your upcoming New Year’s celebrations, Florida Peninsula would like to share the following fireworks safety tips: Obey your local laws. If fireworks are illegal where you live, do not use them. Designate a responsible adult to set off fireworks. Always place fireworks on a level non-flammable surface. Shoot fireworks off in an open area, away from spectators and flammable materials. Do not point or throw fireworks at another person. Adults should supervise young children around fireworks and sparklers. Avoid re-lighting or pick ...

Give Back While Giving Thanks

With the start of the holiday season, let us be thankful for what we have, and place our focus on the spirit of giving back. Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, is a day for charities, families, businesses, students, and friends to come together to celebrate and encourage charitable giving. Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a worldwide movement with the help of social media providing a platform to bring awareness to community issues and giving opportunities. Whether you are coming together with your family, friends, neighbors, or company, find a way to give back to your community this year. Just the smallest act of kindness can make such a difference. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company and our “Florida Peninsula Gives Back” team is committed to giving back to the communities where we work and live. Each year our employees and agency partners participate and give to several organizations including The Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Flor ...

7 Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your family, friends, and a delicious feast. A Thanksgiving meal can be a lot of work for a host, and if proper cooking safety precautions are not in place, a day of thanks can turn into a disaster.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. To ensure a fulfilling and safe thanksgiving for you and your guests, we would like to remind you of these cooking safety tips:   Never leave the kitchen unattended when you are cooking, and always keep an eye on your food. Stay at home while cooking your turkey and other meals in the oven and check them frequently. Keep children and pets away from hot appliances, foods, and liquids.  Should you be deep frying your turkey, be sure your fryer is used outdoors and away from buildings and flammable materials. After working with raw poultry and meat, be sure to wash your hands and works surfaces. Cook turkeys ...

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 4th

  The clocks will turn back at 2 a.m. on November 4th, to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Aside from the extra hour of sleep, here are a few things you should remember about Daylight Saving Time: Although most of our smartphones will automatically adjust, remember to manually turn back the clocks in your home including those found on stoves, microwaves and other appliances, as most of them won't reset themselves. It will begin to get dark an hour earlier in the evenings. If you have any outside lights on a timer, do not forget to reprogram them to adjust to the new time. Daylight Saving Time also serves as a great opportunity to test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and change their batteries if necessary. Standard time will be used through March 10th, 2019, then the clocks will "spring" forward one hour for the start Daylight Saving Time.     Thank you for visiting our blog. Florida Peninsula Insur ...

Fire Prevention Week 2018

October 7-13, 2018 is National Fire Prevention Week. Founded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week serves to remind us of the importance of fire prevention education.  According to the NFPA, an average of 358,500 home structure fires were responded to by U.S. fire departments between 2011- 2015. These fires caused $6.7 billion in damages and resulted in 12,300 injuries and 2,510 deaths. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. ™” This campaign aims to educate on the three essential steps to take to prevent fires, and how to safely escape in the event of a fire. “LOOK”: Identify the places a fire could start around your home. “LISTEN”: Ensure you are able to hear a smoke alarm ringing from all areas of your home, as you may only have minutes to escape once your fire alarm goes off. “LEARN”: Know your emergency escape plan and ...

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

  October 17th is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Florida Peninsula has been a Trustee Member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for several years.  The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce partners with several local businesses, like Florida Peninsula, to promote the Boca Raton area as a business community and to improve the local economic climate. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company has participated in several Chamber of Commerce events including: Leadership Boca Florida Peninsula’s Director of Human Resources, Judy Farmer, attended Leadership Boca, an annual program led by the Chamber to educate the community on the many business opportunities in South Palm Beach County.  The ten-day course, taking place each Wednesday from February through June, covered a variety of local issues such as “Education Day” and “Tourism Day.” Florida Peninsula is looking forward to sending two of our employees to participate in the Leadership ...

Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is known to be one of the spookiest days of the year. However, Halloween may turn scary when safety precautions are overlooked. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, three in four parents express concerns about their children’s safety on Halloween. To make Halloween a Spooktacular time for all, consider these safety tips: Walking Parents and/or responsible adults should always supervise their children while trick-or-treating. Look both ways before crossing the street as drivers may have a difficult time seeing you. Put electronics away to avoid distractions. Always walk on sidewalks or paths.  Costumes Adhere reflective tape or stickers on bags and costumes to be seen by drivers. Do not let your child wear a mask while walking, as some masks may obstruct their vision. When picking a costume, be sure it is the right size and length to avoid trips and falls. Choose fire-retardant costumes and accessories.    Driving ...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Cyber Security Awareness Month serves to bring awareness to the increasing risk of your personal data being hacked online.   Living in an ever-changing digital world, it is crucial you take steps to guard your personal information online. Here are some tips for increasing your cyber security: Be cautious about what you click on Avoid sending or storing personal information on your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and computer Do not use untrustworthy public wireless hot-spots Never leave your devices unattended Update your computer software with the latest security Avoid suspicious emails and phone calls We hope you follow these tips to prevent your personal data from becoming hacked. Should you fall victim to identity theft online, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company stands ready to assist you. We offer protection ...

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