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.

Pool Liability Hazard Prevention

  Who's ready to go swimming and have some fun in the sun???!!!  Summer is here and it's a great time for family and friends to relax by the pool, beach, or lake.  If you have a pool or pond at your home, it's important to protect you...

  Who's ready to go swimming and have some fun in the sun???!!!  Summer is here and it's a great time for family and friends to relax by the pool, beach, or lake.  If you have a pool or pond at your home, it's important to protect you...

 

Who's ready to go swimming and have some fun in the sun???!!!  Summer is here and it's a great time for family and friends to relax by the pool, beach, or lake.  If you have a pool or pond at your home, it's important to protect yourself and your family from liability hazard.  Check out the following recommendations from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, a valued agency partner.

Kim Bechler, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain how can you protect others from harm and yourself from a liability claim if you have a pool or pond.

If you have an in-ground pool, it should be enclosed by a fence that's at least five foot high and has a latching mechanism on all gates that access the pool area. If there's no fence, it must be protected by an acceptable automatic safety pool cover (check with your insurance carrier to be sure the pool cover meets the safety features required to obtain coverage). This will keep unwanted guests from getting into the pool when you're not able to monitor or use your pool.

If you have an above-ground pool, make sure the pool is installed to comply with your city's ordinances. These pools must also have latching gates at any deck steps that lead to the pool. If there isn't a deck attached to the pool, be sure the ladder is stored away from the pool when not in use.

If you have a pond on your property and your home is insured with West Bend, it's not necessary to enclose the yard or pond area with a fence. Most properties that have ponds are in rural areas with few or no neighbors in close proximity. A fence may take away from the nature and beauty of a pond.

West Bend can ensure a pool exposure; however, it's important to take precautions against unwanted guests using your pool in order to prevent a liability claim.

A diving board and/or pool slides are okay for in-ground pools and can make pool time more enjoyable. They can also harm your guests if they're not installed properly.

Diving boards and pool slides should only be installed on in-ground pools. A diving board should be a diving platform rather than a springboard. The pool depth where the board is located should be at least nine feet. This will provide enough room above the bottom of the pool for a diver to avoid injury.

  • Pool slides installed on in-ground pools should be:
  • professionally manufactured and installed;
  • have handrails leading from the bottom to the top of the slide;
  • have walkways and stairs leading to the top of the slide that are made of slip-resistant, rigid materials; and
  • be no higher than 12 feet with a water depth at the slide's drop off between 6-8 feet (depending on the height of the slide).

Diving boards and pool slides should not be installed on above-ground pools because water depths are typically not deep enough to prevent injury.

It's also not safe to install diving boards or pool slides at your pond. The pond depth can vary from year to year and the bottom of the pond can change over time. A pond can develop debris and weeds. Rocks could surface on the bottom of the pond over time. The water may not be clear enough to see objects submerged in the water, making diving dangerous. For these reasons, neither diving boards nor slides should be installed on your pond.

Some insurance carriers will add more premium for these added exposures so always check with your insurance agent when installing a pool.

Whether you have a pool or a pond, keeping your family and guests safe -- and unwanted guests out -- will give you a more enjoyable experience for years to come.


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