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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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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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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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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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Protect Your Dollar on National Dollar Day

August 8th is National Dollar Day. This holiday commemorates the day the U.S monetary systems was established by Congress in 1786. You have worked hard for your dollars, and as such, it is important you protect it.  Did you know, two million home burglaries are reported each year? Many of these burglaries result in cash being stolen. In honor of National Dollar Day, here are some tips to prevent your cash from being stolen or damaged: Tips to Prevent Your Cash from Being Stolen or Damaged: Put cash in small quantities in different locations in your home Hide your cash in unique objects like hollowed-out books, house plants, and in boxes in the garage labeled “Ornaments” or “School Projects”. Avoid putting your cash in a liquid container, like a mayonnaise jar. Never put your cash in a locked box.   Homeowner’s insurance may cover damages to personal property like clothes, furniture, and additional living expenses should you ne ...

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Hurricane Season 2018: Are You Prepared?

The best way to ensure your family’s safety for the arrival of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is to prepare for the worst. After last year’s record-breaking hurricane season, it is important to be as prepared as possible. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself, home, and your family for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Supplies: When a hurricane strikes, you will not have access to many of the things you will need to survive, or the freedom to go out and buy them. While under the threat of a hurricane, people will follow the same thought process and search for common items. It is best to gather your hurricane supplies months before the season arrives. Here is a basic list of things you will need. Apart from this list, you should consider additional items such as toys for your children and games the entire family can enjoy to help the time go by.   Evacuation Plan: Your hurricane supplies should be packed in backpacks in case your family is ...

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Revisiting AOB Fraud Ahead of the 2018 Hurricane Season

After the chaos of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tropical storm, it is common for unscrupulous individuals to create fraudulent schemes to pray on those experiencing a loss. As such, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company would like to provide some important information about AOB abuse well before the 2018 Hurricane Season is in full effect.   What is an AOB and AOB Fraud? An AOB (Assignment of Benefits) is a contract between you and a third party such as a contractor, roofer, or water mitigation company. When you sign an AOB, you are giving the third-party vendor the right to deal directly with your homeowners insurance carrier and receive payment for your claim. AOB fraud occurs when contractors inflate the cost of repairs, charge a fee for handling the claim, and commit insurance fraud. At times, these repairs are not completed and the homeowner must pay out of pocket to finish their repairs, as the contractor already received a claim settlement from the insurance company.   W ...

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