Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Rick AlbersCarbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “Silent Killer” as it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, yet can have deadly consequences. Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of burning fossil fuels in your furnace, clothes dryer, fireplace, automobile, portable heater, generator or other small engines and home appliances. Most issues occur when the equipment is malfunctioning or is in need of service or repair. Continue reading

Posted in Home, Safety | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Could a Threat to Your Financial Well-Being be Lurking in Your Backyard?

Frances O'BrienThink about the last time you thoroughly examined your financial portfolio: did you assess all potential risks? Chances are you overlooked liability when conducting your financial review. Continue reading

Posted in Family, Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

When the Power Goes Out, Can You Get Out of Your Garage?

Joe Kim
Power outages are common occurrences in many parts of the country and their frequencies have been steadily rising over the years. Occasional outages can be a nuisance and disruptive to our lives but they can also pose serious life safety risks especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. Continue reading

Posted in Home, Safety | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Hidden Risk That Could Sink Your Financial Portfolio

Frances O'BrienHow often do you look at the specifics of your insurance coverage as it pertains to your overall financial health? When’s the last time your financial advisor spoke to you about your insurance needs?

If you’re like most policy holders, it has probably been a while. If you take a look at the details of your policy today, you might be surprised at what’s covered and what’s not.
Continue reading

Posted in General Risk | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Plant a Garden, Not a Fire Threat

Matt Hunter

Spring is in the air and the planting season is getting underway. Gardens are being planned and planted across the country, yet there is an underlying threat that is not top of mind with many – the threat of a mulch fire.

Continue reading

Posted in General Risk, Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Shedding Light on Generators

Barry Davis

Power failures can occur at any time of year. Extended power failures can be caused by natural disasters such as windstorms, ice storms, wildfires or earthquakes. Grid-disabling natural disasters can cause power interruptions longer than 24 hours for millions of customers.

Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Preventing Sewer Backup with Sewer Backwater Valves

Pierre PronovostOne of the last things a homeowner wants to experience is a sewer backup. Not only is this unpleasant, but it can cause significant property damage and create health hazards. Fortunately, you can help prevent sewer backups by installing a backwater valve. Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Winter Weather Update:
Helping Your Home Brave the Elements

Lisa Klehr

With wintry weather conditions gripping many regions, it’s the perfect time to review preventative measures to help protect your home and family. After several months of cold temperatures and with snow loads accumulating over extended periods of time, your home can become more susceptible to weather-related damage. It’s never too late to double check your preparedness and make sure your home has optimal safety and protective measures in place.

Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Checking Smoke Detectors

Jerry Scaini

Does your home have a smoke alarm? A fire can grow quickly, leaving you with a window of only one or two minutes to get out safely. Early notification of a fire is critical, which is why smoke detectors are so important.

But how do you know your smoke detector is functioning correctly? Continue reading

Posted in Home, Safety | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New Year’s Resolutions: Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Art Collection

Stephanie McNeil

January is here and so are New Year’s Resolutions!
Whether or not you have set any new goals, this is
a great time of year to review your collection management
practices. To help you get started, here are five tips,
as well as some resources to help you put your plans
into action.

Continue reading

Posted in Valuables | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment