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.

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH

As the weather continues to get warmer and warmer, we will see more motorcycles gracing the roads. While riding with your hair whipping in the wind is definitely an exhilarating feeling, there are many risks when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Ac...

As the weather continues to get warmer and warmer, we will see more motorcycles gracing the roads. While riding with your hair whipping in the wind is definitely an exhilarating feeling, there are many risks when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Ac...
motorcycle riders riding through illinois

As the weather continues to get warmer and warmer, we will see more motorcycles gracing the roads. While riding with your hair whipping in the wind is definitely an exhilarating feeling, there are many risks when it comes to riding a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15% of total fatalities in 2013. Additionally, when looking at the accident rates per vehicle miles traveled, the NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than car motorists to be involved in a fatal accident and are also 5 times more likely to be injured.

Now more than ever in this time of smart phones and distractions, it is important to remain vigilant on the road and be aware of the drivers around us, cars and motorcycles alike. Here are some tips for both car motorists and motorcycle riders to follow in order to help minimize accidents on the road:

For car motorists:

*Never drive while distracted! Doing so can result in tragedy for you and for others, including motorcyclists. Put away your smartphone and focus on the road.

*Share the road. Allow motorcycles the full width of the lane at all times.

*Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging, especially at intersections. Motorcycles are smaller, making it easy to misjudge their speed and distance.

*Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic so others know your intentions.

For motorcyclists:

*Always wear a helmet and protective gear. A DOT-compliant helmet is your safest option.

*Carry your license with you at all times and obey all traffic laws.

*Refrain from riding the lines of a lane. Stay in the middle of the lane so others can see you more clearly.

*Exercise increased caution when on the road. Try to anticipate the moves of other vehicles around you.

*Avoid riding when the weather is inclement.

*Never ride when you’re impaired or distracted.

Following these simple tips can really save lives on the road. Contact M & M Insurance Agency, Inc. for a review of your current motorcycle insurance policy or a new quote! 


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