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Preventing Damage to Your Property
 
More than 20% of structure fires in the U.S. each year are non-residential, according to estimates from the National Fire Protection Association.
7/24/2015
5 Ways To Reduce Your Business' Exposure To Fire Risk
Approximately 1 in 5 structure fires per year affect small businesses, according to estimates from the National Fire Protection Association.
 
If shoplifting incidents weren't enough, businesses also have to keep tabs on cyber security threats.
7/23/2015
Beware Of Data Theft
More businesses than ever are vulnerable to data theft and the damage that it entails, both for entrepreneurs and consumers.
 
Most Americans know someone who hoards things, according to a new survey.
7/1/2015
Most People Know Someone Who Hoards, Survey Finds
More than half of Americans say they know of someone who has a problem with hoarding, according to a poll done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.
 
Every 44 seconds, a car is stolen somewhere in the United States, according to NHTSA figures.
6/29/2015
How To Steer Clear of Car Theft This Summer
July and August are the peak times of year for automotive theft in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
 
Storm surge can produce towering waves, putting coastal properties in jeopardy.
6/23/2015
Report: Storm Surge Threatens 6.6 Million Homes This Year
More than 6.6 million homes are at risk of being inundated by storm surge this hurricane season, according to a new estimate from CoreLogic.
 
The average wedding costs over $31,200, according to TheKnot.com.
6/17/2015
Hosting A Wedding? Make Sure You're Properly Covered
With the average wedding costing more than $31,200, it's important to have the right type and amount of insurance in place.
 
More than two-thirds of Americans will travel over the summer, according to a recent Harris Poll.
6/8/2015
What To Check Before This Summer's Road Trip
If you're taking to the roads this summer for a family vacation, make sure you give your ride a comprehensive pre-trip vehicle exam.
 
Have a great Memorial Day weekend with these grilling safety reminders.
5/21/2015
How To Grill Safely This Memorial Day
Thousands of grilling fires happen each year in the United States, virtually all of which are preventable.
 
Over 61,000 bridges across the nation require significant repair work due to structural deficiencies, a new report argues.
5/12/2015
US Roads, Bridges In Dire Need Of Repair, Report Suggests
More than 61,000 of the nation's bridges are considered 'structurally deficient,' according to a new estimate from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
 
You should aim to clean out your gutters four times a year.
4/24/2015
Spring Cleaning Your Home's Gutters
If you have a gutter system, you'll want to make sure that they're cleaned out this spring.
 
Roof damage is not one of those maintenance issues that can be put off to another time.
4/16/2015
Roof Damaged? Don't Wait To Have It Fixed
If your roof needs to be repaired, procrastinating will only make things worse.
 
If it's been a year since you've replaced your alarms' batteries, switch them out when you turn the clocks ahead an hour this weekend.
3/23/2015
Check Your Alarms When Changing The Clocks
Make it a tradition to check your home's fire and carbon monoxide alarms whenever the clocks 'spring forward.'
 
Close to 60 million Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, according to new data from the CDC.
3/18/2015
1 in 4 Americans Still Exposed To Secondhand Smoke, CDC Says
An estimated 58 million consumers are around SHS on a regular basis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
The thawing conditions brought on by spring can create flood problems.
3/11/2015
Flood Safety Awareness Week - Before A Flood
These tips will give you the tools needed to prepare for a flood. 
 
If a new poll is reflective of the nation at large, many Americans are not putting money aside for maintenance-related tasks.
2/17/2015
Homeowners Not Prepared for Maintenance Expenses, Poll Finds
Just one-third of homeowners has a budget for home repairs, according to a new survey.
 
Though it's still early in the 2015 season, the polar vortex is back - and with a vengeance.
1/29/2015
How to Prepare for the Return of the Polar Vortex
These tips can help prevent your home from being victimized by Old Man Winter's wrath.
 
Homeowners insurance companies estimate that approximately 250,000 people annually see their water pipes freeze over due to bitterly cold temperatures.
1/28/2015
Storm Juno Reminds Homeowners to Protect Their Water Pipes From Freeze
Nearly a quarter million homeowners experience frozen pipes each year.
 
Roughly 27% of the U.S. adult population are comprised of millennials.
1/19/2015
Millennials' Insurance Needs
The up and coming generation has arrived, who now have insurance needs as adults with families of their own.
 
 Based on a new survey, many workers are engaging in file-sharing practices that put their employers at risk of data theft or liability.
1/9/2015
Employees Admit to 'Frequent' Risky File-sharing Behavior
More than 60% of workers say they've shared documents with someone they weren't supposed to.
 
The Atlantic coast and the Midwest were two regions of destination for Americans changing addresses this past summer.
12/29/2014
Washington, D.C., Chicago Top Moving Destinations This Year
The nation's capital and Illinois' most populated city were prime areas to which families relocated this summer, according to United Van Lines.
 
One unfortunate aspect of live Christmas trees is that they're highly flammable and have been responsible for a number of homeowners insurance claims.
12/22/2014
5 Steps to Avoid a Holiday Catastrophe
Though rare, Christmas tree fires occur every year, but they all can be prevented with the proper fire safety awareness.
 
For the past 90 years, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the seven-day awareness period, which takes place between Oct. 5 and 11.
10/9/2014
Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Smoke Detector Maintenance
Close to two-thirds of the deaths resulting from a structure fire are those where an alarm wasn't present or inoperable, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
 
Experts say there's no excuse for not installing or using a fire sprinkler system
8/11/2014
Fire Sprinkler Systems Save Lives and Homes
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety says homeowners should consider installing a sprinkler system, as the benefits can be significant.
 
As the baby boomer generation begins to retire, more have a clear idea of what they’re home will look like.
6/12/2014
Baby boomers confident retirement home will be the best
A new poll indicates that retirees have high expectations about what their residence will be like when they exit the workforce.
 
Don't let your Memorial Day weekend fun go up in smoke.
5/23/2014
Make grilling safety a priority this Memorial Day weekend
Celebrate those who served and barbecue safely with these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration.
 
It's important to have the proper coverage in place, including flood insurance.
5/21/2014
Guarantee the livelihood of your business with flood insurance
How entrepreneurs can ensure the financial readiness of their companies with flood protection.
 
Even a slight amount of alcohol increases the risk of filing an auto insurance claim due to a car crash.
5/20/2014
Even low doses of alcohol too much for driving, report finds
A University of California, San Diego study suggests that any amount of alcohol consumption is a vehicle operation safety hazard.
 
Of the 11 so-called "minicars" that were tested, only one received an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test.
5/16/2014
IIHS: Minicars test poorly in crash analysis
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the 2014 crop of tiny automobiles are the worst performing in crash testing.
 
It's essential to learn which insurance policies will cover flood and water damage.
4/30/2014
Are you protected from damage caused by water?
Because water damage can take on many forms, the Insurance Information Institute recently outlined a basic rule to figure out the answer.
 
Even a slight amount of alcohol increases the risk of filing an auto insurance claim due to a car crash.
4/21/2014
Even low doses of alcohol too much for driving, report finds
A University of California, San Diego study suggests that any amount of alcohol consumption is a vehicle operation safety hazard.
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association, dinner preparation is one of the more common sources of homeowners insurance losses.
4/18/2014
Cooking safely this Easter Sunday
Fires in the kitchen are the main cause of residential fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
 
He added that to prevent kids from being injured in shopping carts - which typically occurs when the carriages tip over - it's high time that shopping cart safety standards be strengthened.
4/16/2014
Shopping-cart injuries among children common
A new report indicates that 24,000 kids are seriously hurt each year by a shopping cart.
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