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Home Check-Up Tips

Just as you have resolved to start the New Year in a healthier state, your home may also need its own health check-up. Take this time at the beginning of the year, to review some areas of your home, which may assist your home to run smoother and more efficiently. Here are three places to start your home health checkup.   1)   Change your incandescent bulbs to LEDs or CFLs.  If you still have incandescent bulbs in your home, consider making 2019 the year you update them to LEDs or CFLs. Although slightly more expensive, LED lights last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use less than half of the electricity to brighten your house.  In the long run, you will save money on bulbs, your electric bill, and your home will be the brightest on the block.   2)   Take a good look and listen to your water heater.  Most people do not consider this important appliance until you step into a cold shower.  Make a resolution to flush out your water heater.& ...

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Saving Money: Updates & Repairs

  As the new year begins, you may be evaluating different home improvement opportunities around your home.  When reviewing your home for needed repairs, upgrades, and yearly maintenance; also take some time to speak to your agent about your current homeowners policy, the carriers underwriting guidelines, and how you can increase your peace of mind while, possibly, lowering your premium.  Sometimes things which seem fine to the homeowner may be considered potential hazards to insurance companies. Here are some items to consider:  Roof: If your roof is older it has experienced more wear and tear than newer roofs. Thus, older roofs are more likely to have leaks during a rainstorm. They might even blow off during powerful tornados or hurricanes. Consider replacing your roof after approximately 15 years if a shingle roof or 25 years if a tile roof, the general lifespan of roofs. Maintaining your roof in good condition may help avoid severe damage to your home should a covered loss ...

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Saving Money: Security

If you have ever wanted to find ways to lower your home insurance premium or find additional discounts to your premium, consider adding additional security to your home. All insurance policies are different so be sure to speak to your agent about the cost-effectiveness of installing one of these devices in your home. However, consider the following to potentially save money and protect yourself and your belongings. Smoke Alarm: Adding a device which can alert you of some potential dangers such as a fire or a dangerous gas, can keep you safe. This alarm will let you and all others in the house know when there is a risk and allow time for you and your family to evacuate safely. Security System: Burglaries can happen anywhere and at any time. By installing a monitored security system, you can add to your peace of mind. A monitored security system allows for the alarm to go off for a longer period of time while officers arrive at your home. Installing this may not only keep your family and p ...

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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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Fire Safety for the Holidays

The holidays are a 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, and 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. Also, consider purchasing decorations which ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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