Protect your home and your family with these home safety tips.
"Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety."
Henry H. Tweedy
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Use these tips along with your home security system to help protect your home and your loved ones:

Create the illusion that someone is at your house. ...
Make sure all exterior doors have reliable locks. ...
Always look before opening the door. ...
Don't leave spare keys in obvious locations. ...
Secure your sliding glass doors. ...

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the kitchen
  • Keep a distance between flammable objects (papers, curtains, plastics, etc.) and fire sources (oven, stove top, portable heater, etc.)
  • Use harmful products (cleaning solutions, lighters) with caution (follow nstructions!) and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp objects (knives) or other such tools and utensils misplaced or unattended.
  • Ensure electrical cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the counter or stove top.
  • Leave space around appliances for proper ventilation.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bathroom
  • Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
  • Use non-slip strips or floor mats
  • Always keep the room clean and as dry as possible.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bedroom
  • Never smoke.
  • As always, ensure that everything else is a safe distance away from a source of fire or heat.
  • Opt for mattresses with open flame-resistant protection.
  • You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. Even in bed, keep a phone, light, (and, if necessary, a weapon) within reach.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the garage
  • This is probably where you store most of your tools and equipment. Take precautions with flammable liquids, chemicals, and anything producing fumes.
  • Keep poisonous substances (paint thinner, antifreeze, rat poison, etc.) locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your space clean and organized, especially as many of your tools are sharp, heavy or otherwise dangerous.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the yard
  • Surround your property with a sturdy fence (this is more for keeping in children and pets, but can also serve to remind strangers to keep out).
  • If you’ve got a pool, keep it locked down or fenced in when not in use.
  • Be careful when working in bad weather. Use sand, salt, and good-traction footwear on ice and snow.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
On the stairs
  • Keep steps clean and dry.
  • Always install stable and sturdy railing on both sides of the stairs.
  • Ensure that the distance between the rails is narrow enough to prevent a child or infant from falling through.
  • Good rule of thumb: less than four inches!
  • Keep stairs well lit.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
Guard against fire
  • Install smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Establish a safety exit, ensure all family members know and understand it, practice with drills, and ensure it’s never blocked.
  • Never block or pile things on heaters or near heat-exuding appliances; give these a wide berth, plenty of breathing room, and make sure they don’t get overheated.
  • Ensure that all materials are fire-resistant if you’re renovating or just fixing up something around the house.
  • Never leave any type of fire or hot appliance unattended.
  • Remove dry vegetation around your home, especially during the dry seasons.
  • Cover the fireplace with a stable and large metal fire frame.

12 Motorcycle Rallies to Visit

  Are you planning your summer get away?  If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or just enjoy an occasional ride, a motorcycle rally is a one of a kind experience with bikes, music, and great food!  What's not to love?  I just had t...

  Are you planning your summer get away?  If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or just enjoy an occasional ride, a motorcycle rally is a one of a kind experience with bikes, music, and great food!  What's not to love?  I just had t...

 

Are you planning your summer get away?  If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or just enjoy an occasional ride, a motorcycle rally is a one of a kind experience with bikes, music, and great food!  What's not to love?  I just had to share the following blog from our agency partner, Erie Insurance, on 12 Motorcycle Rallies coming up in the Summer of 2018. 

In addition to your usual rides, there are plenty of events for you and your two-wheeled baby to enjoy. Here are 12 motorcycle rallies during Summer 2018 you won’t want to miss (we picked one from every state we do business in).

 

  1. Harley Rendezvous Classic: This annual three-day rally held in Pattersonville, New York, draws riders from all over the country. Check out the bike show and buy some leather from one of the many vendors. June 21–24

  2. Motoblot 2018: This urban motorcycle and hot rod street rally in Chicago features a hot rod show, multiple bands, a variety of vendors and a Miss Motoblot contest. June 22–24

  3. Music City Motorcycle Rally: This free four-day bike fest in Nashville features music, bike performances, a charity ride and demo rides. June 28–July 1

  4. Erie Insurance Roar on the Shore: This year, Erie Insurance is the official title sponsor for the annual Erie, Pennsylvania bike week event. This year, join Grand Marshall Frank Fritz, from “American Pickers." This free event features multiple rides, lots of live music and local places to visit. And it’s popular, drawing more than 100,000 bikers and bike enthusiasts annually. July 18–22

  5. Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally: If you can't make it to one of the largest bike rallies in the United States in Sturgis, South Dakota, head over to Sturgis, Kentucky, for some fun at this adults-only bike rally. This event features tons of live music along with an indoor motorcycle show, dirt bike races and a charity dice run. July 19–22

  6. Wetzelland 2018: This bike rally held in Van Wert, Ohio, is known for its great bands, rodeo games, bike show, poker run and more. July 26–29

  7. Mountainfest: Taking place in Morgantown, West Virginia, this mid-summer rally boasts multiple locations, live music, bike shows and much more. July 26–29

  8. Apple’s 15th Annual East Coast Motorcycle Rally: Five days of bikes, music and fun can be found in Little Orleans, Maryland. You can listen to bands at one of two stages, check out the bike show and even camp out if you feel like it. Aug. 8–12

  9. Hog Daze 2018: Roll into this family friendly event in Marion, Indiana, for live music, food, bike shows and much more. Aug. 10–12

  10. Milwaukee Rally: The largest free rally in the Midwest runs for five days and features multiple locations, great entertainment, scenic tours and a long list of planned activities. Aug. 29–Sept. 3

  11. Bull City Rumble: Swing by the world-renowned vintage motorcycle and scooter rally in Durham, North Carolina. The event, now in its fourteenth year, features a bike show, live entertainment, food and much more. Aug. 31–Sept. 1

  12. Blue Ridge Bike Fest 2018: Visit Virginia’s largest motorcycle rally at its new location in Salem, Virginia. The event is in its eighth year and features a variety of live entertainment, two comedians and a poker run. Sept. 28–29

Can’t make it to a rally this year? Then get in the spirit with Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day on June 15.

 

Most importantly, don't forget to insure your motorcycle!  Depending on the insurance policy, they can be added to your automobile insurance policy.  Be sure to ask about specific coverage for any custom work or add-ons, like seats, saddlebags, chrome, wheels, etc.  The basic policy may not have enough coverage to protect the value of your bike. 

 

You can trust your independent insurance agent at M & M Insurance Agency Inc. to help guide you through the coverage options and costs.  Contact us now for a quote!

 

 


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