October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you haven’t already seen an increase in the amount of pink you see each day, you will soon. Since the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985, there’s been a definite rise in the public awareness of breast cancer.
How surprised will you be when you see an insurance drone circling your Texas home?
Here is the thing: insurance companies paid out billions of dollars worth of hail & storm insurance claims so far this year. For example, here are some of the claims in Texas:
- San Antonio got hammered with grapefruit-sized hailstones up to 4.5 inches in diameter that knocked out windows.
- Wylie, Texas, was hard hit with softball-sized hail that shattered car and home windows.
- The Dallas-Fort Worth metro has been hit with thunderstorms that produced hail to the size of golf balls and tennis balls.
Should you file a roof hail damage claim after a storm? Maybe, but it is important to note not all damage merits a claim. So what should you do if you suspect you have roof hail damage? Get it inspected.
Let’s discuss the dark side of home generators…
If you are intrigued by the idea of having a backup generator in case the power goes out, or from a tree falling on a power line, then you are not alone. Backup generators have become very popular since they have become more affordable for homeowners.
However, they do have a DARK side. In this article, we’ll discuss the following:
- What is a generator?
- Which one should I get?
- What are the common dangers associated with generators?
We don’t have to tell you how dangerous a lightning storm can be.
Downright scary! Lightning strikes can cause home fires. Another potential lightning threat is blowing up all of your electronic equipment. Just suppose your new $4,000 TV was hit by lightning.
Poof! Your TV is gone in a microsecond. Can this really happen? Most definitely, yes! Lightning and sensitive electronic equipment do not mix!
You might be surprised how many flammable products you keep in your home and garage.
The following can ignite or explode if stored improperly:
- fuels like kerosene, oil, and gas
- solvents like benzene
- cleaning agents
Let’s face it, swimming pools are fun.
The idea of kicking back and relaxing while you float around your pool is inviting, isn’t it? Some of our best memories of growing up revolve around being in our backyard pool with friends and family.
However, there is a dark side to pool ownership that few care to think about. Did you know that about 300 children under age 5 drown in their backyard swimming pools? The sad truth is that it only takes a second for a child to slip under the water to drown before anyone notices what has happened. This raises an important question:
Are swimming pools covered under my home insurance policy?
Having a washer and dryer in your home is definitely a modern convenience.
It’s certainly better than beating laundry on a rock down by the river, isn’t it? While doing laundry at home can be a blessing, did you know that it carries potential dangers too? Here is the thing: in the recent year, there were an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines. Sadly, there were 51 civilian deaths and 380 civilian injuries. The insurance companies sent out claims checks for almost $236 million for repairing direct property damage as a result of clothes dryer fires.
Fireworks look fun, don’t they? But are fireworks safe?
Yellow, green, red explosions in the sky captivate the minds and hearts of millions each holiday weekend. As fun as they are to watch, fireworks can pose a great danger to you, your children, and your home. In what way? Let’s talk about that.
If you own a laptop or desktop computer, then read closely. Who would think that a laptop could catch fire?
The facts are surprising.
In 2007-2011, there were an estimated 730 reported U.S. home structure fires involving office equipment per year, resulting in:
- 11 civilian deaths per year
- 51 civilian injuries per year
- $28 million in direct property damage per year