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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Make the Most of National Preparedness Month

Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month serves to remind us to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters. As Floridians, we know the threat of a natural disaster or storm is always a possibility. Would you and your family know what to do in the event of a disaster? Consider these tips and make the most out of National Preparedness Month:  Establish and test emergency plans with your family. Sign up for local and state emergency alerts.  Install or test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Stock up on emergency supplies.  Create a home inventory. Click here for some tips to inventory your belongings.  Review your insurance policy and contact your agent to make any necessary changes to your coverages.  Don’t forget about flood insurance. Hurricanes and storms bring heavy rains which could cause flooding. Purchase flood insurance to make sure you are covered.   Septemb ...

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Hurricane Irma Damage Statistics

It has been one year since Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic Hurricanes on record, hit the State of Florida as a category 4 storm. Hurricane Irma left quite a mark on Florida, resulting in billions of dollars in damage and devastation.  Here are some startling facts and statistics about the destruction Hurricane Irma caused:  According to the balance, Hurricane Irma is the fifth most costly Atlantic storm ever recorded, reaching over $50 billion in damages.  As of June 12, 2018, The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) found there were nearly a million claims filed for damages caused by Hurricane Irma. With estimated insured losses reaching over $9.7 billion. Of those claims filed, the FLOIR found 823,733 came from residential property holders. Homeowners claims resulted in 66% of all the claims filed within the state.  Approximately 90.5% of Irma claims have been closed, with an additional 92,513 claims still open as ...

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Teddy Bear Care

Growing up, many of us can remember fond memories of playing with our favorite toy. For a child, toys not only bring us joy but comfort. Sadly, when a natural disaster strikes this can damage a family’s home and all their belongings. While Parents are busy trying to figure out how to make a bad situation better for their family, children are left confused and scared. This is why one little girl's actions meant a lot to so many. Palm Beach County second grader Sophie Carlson-Perry, saw how much damage hurricane Maria had done to Puerto Rico and said, “What about the babies? What are they going to do?” It was her compassionate mentality which led her to collect stuffed animals from the students and teachers at her school, Hidden Oaks Elementary. Her Bears for Babies toy drive brought in dozens of toys for the children or Puerto Rico. Sophie says she hopes the children will know they are loved when they receive the bears; “not just by their parents, but other people they don&rsqu ...

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