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New Year’s Safety Tips


 

New Year’s is a time to celebrate the incoming year with family and friends, food and drink, and fireworks. Since many attend parties for New Year’s, there is a spike in drinking and driving accidents. Fireworks are also very popular to start your new year off with a bang, however, should they be used improperly, it can result in some serious injuries. Whether you are hosting or attending a New Year’s party, Edison would like to provide the following safety tips:

 
Drinking and Driving
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), New Year’s Day was ranked as the day with the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol. Never drink and drive. Have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service to make sure you get home safely. Be sure to pace yourself when drinking and keep alcohol out of reach of children and pets.
 

Fireworks
New Year’s Eve is a popular day for firework shows. Be sure to have a responsible adult in charge of all firework activities. Be sure to keep spectators a safe distance away, and always light fireworks off into an open area away from flammable materials. Light fireworks one at a time and douse used fireworks in water before discarding.

 
Hosting
Hosting a New Year’s party does come with responsibilities. You are accountable for the safety of your guests. Be sure to remove and clean up any tripping or slipping hazards throughout your home. Stop serving alcohol hours before the end of your party. Offer lots of foods and snacks for your guests. Before your guests leave, make sure they are safe to drive. If not, offer to order a ride-sharing service or cab or offer a place to sleep.
 

We hope you keep these tips in mind to enjoy a fun and safe New Year’s celebration. Wishing you and your family a happy New Year.
 

Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

 
 

5 Holiday Home Hazards




The holidays bring all sorts of activities to make long-lasting memories with family and friends. From lighting candles to trimming the tree, here are some ways to keep your home and family safe from these common holiday hazards.  
 
  1. Lights: Inspect string lights each year before hanging them up to ensure there are no frayed cords or cracked bulbs. When replacing bulbs, always unplug the lights first and then make sure the voltage and wattage match the original bulb. Before leaving the house or going to sleep, don’t forget to turn off the lights.
 
  1. Ornaments: Avoid decorating with glass ornaments, especially if you have curious children and pets. Using plastic ornaments makes tree decorating safe for the entire family.  Avoid hanging ornaments at the very bottom of the tree out of your pets reach.
 
  1. Candles and Menorahs: Always remember to blow out candles throughout your home and lit on the Menorah before going to bed or leaving your home. Keep lit candles away from curtains or other flammable items.
 
  1. Extension cords: Avoid connecting more than one extension cord together to avoid a fire. Purchase appropriate cords to successfully decorate your entire home. Keep extension cords tacked or close to walls to avoid trips and falls.
 
  1. Cooking: Never leave the kitchen unattended while food is on the stove or in the oven.  Be sure to keep knives and other sharp objects out of reach of children.
 
 
Keep your holiday season safe by avoiding common dangers while setting a fun holiday tone. For more holiday hazards, and how to avoid them click here.
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

How to Choose Safe Toys for the Holidays



Every year, children put together their lists of toys they wish for the holidays. On your search to find the best toys for kids this holiday season, it is important to keep safety a top priority. Each year, thousands of children are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. Edison Insurance Company would like to provide some important steps for choosing safe toys for your holiday gift shopping.
 
  • Select toys which are age appropriate for the child you are shopping for. Toys which are too advanced may not only cause frustration for kids but also lead to dangers.
 
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
 
 
  • Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint to avoid consumption if your child chews on it or it begins to chip.
 
  • Be sure to purchase non-toxic art and crafts materials.
 
  •  Avoid toys with small parts and detachable pieces as they could become a choking hazard which could quickly turn into a life-threatening situation.
 
  • When purchasing items like bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or skates, be sure to purchase proper safety equipment such as a helmet and knee/elbow pads for protection.
 
 
Regardless of the gifts you are purchasing, it’s important to always supervise young children, especially around the holidays when there is so much going on.  We hope you have a safe and memorable holiday season.
 
 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

Time to “Fall Back” for the End of Daylight Saving Time


Edison Insurance Company would like to remind you, on November 4th, we turn our clocks back one hour at 2 a.m., to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. As we welcome the extra hour of sleep, here are a few tips you should remember about Daylight Saving Time:
 
  • Most smartphones, tablets, and computers will automatically adjust to the new time. However, do not forget to manually turn back the clocks in your home and appliances.  
 
  • If you have timers for the lights in your home, be sure to reprogram them to adjust to the new time.
 
  • The end of Daylight Saving Time also serves as a reminder to test the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home.
 
  • Daylight Saving Time will begin again on March 10, 2019. 


Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Thanksgiving Safety




Edison Insurance Company’s number one priority is the safety of you and your family. As such, we would like to provide you with some important safety tips for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy great food surrounded by close family and friends, however, it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year if proper safety precautions are not in place. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.  Please consider these simple tips to make the most of your Thanksgiving celebrations:
 
  • Unattended cooking is the number one cause of fires. Someone should always be in the kitchen while cooking your Thanksgiving meal.
 
  • Keep children away from the stove, hot foods, and liquids.
 
  • Make sure your kitchen floor is clear of any tripping or slipping hazards.
 
  • Be sure to cook the turkey and other hot meals to their correct temperatures.
 
  • Enjoy your meal time around the dinner table, but be sure to refrigerate your leftovers within two hours.
 
 
We hope you have a terrific and safe Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. For more Thanksgiving safety tips, click here.
 
 
 

Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

5 Tips for National Package Protection Day



Celebrated annually on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, National Package Protection Day encourages homeowners to protect against package theft. With the millions of packages being delivered to homes this holiday season, it is inevitable some will be stolen. Keep your packages safe by following these 5 tips:
 
  1. Track your packages online. Be sure to keep an eye on when your packages are set to arrive at your home, so you can make proper arrangements.
 
  1. Trust in a neighbor or friend. Should you be out of the house for several hours, ask a friend or neighbor to collect your packages for you.
 
  1. Ship in store. Many retailers allow you to ship items to their store near you. While this may not be as convenient, it does provide additional security. If the retailer you are shopping from does not offer store pick-up, consider shipping your package to your local pack and ship store for pick-up.
 
  1. Schedule your delivery. Most mail carriers allow you to reschedule the delivery of your packages if you are not going to be home. Some carriers may offer this option for free however, it could cost you a few extra dollars to reschedule depending on the delivery options available.
 
  1. Install security cameras. A security camera serves as a great deterrent for criminals. Most security systems will send notifications to your phone when there is motion detected at your doorstep. Some security systems also allow you to video conference with someone at your door, which is a great deterrent for thieves. 
 
 
Although there are many benefits of online shopping and home delivery, do not forget to take heed of some of our safety tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season.
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Fire Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week



Recognized each October, National Fire Prevention Week serves to educate us about the importance of fire safety. Fires can occur anywhere and at any time. In fact, the NFPA reports U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire every 86 seconds.  In recognition of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, Edison Insurance Company would like to provide some tips for reducing the likelihood of a fire in your home, and how to escape safely in the event of a fire.


Fire Prevention
  • Cooking is one of the most common causes of home fires. Never leave a hot stove unattended and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Be sure to have a smoke alarm inside bedrooms and outside of each room of your home. Don’t forget to test them frequently.
  • Check your outlets and extension cords to make sure they are not overloaded.
  • Do not smoke inside your home. Or better yet, quit smoking altogether.
  • Keep flammable items in open areas and away from heat sources.

Escape Planning
  • Create a home fire escape plan.
  • Each member of the family should know two ways out of every room.
  • Don’t forget to plan an outside meeting place.
  • Practice your home fire drill with your family at least two times a year.

For more escape planning tips, click here.

 
As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 
 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


 

Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, bringing awareness to risks of your personal data being hacked. Guarding your personal information online can be quite simple. Consider these tips for increasing your cyber security:
  
  • Avoid sending or storing personal information on your devices
  • Do not use untrustworthy public wireless hot-spots
  • Update your computer software with the latest security
  • Avoid suspicious emails and phone calls
  • Use strong passwords
  • Don’t overshare on social media
 
We hope you follow these tips to protect your personal data from being stolen online. For more cyber security tips, visit staysafeonline.org.
 
Should you fall victim to identity theft, Edison Insurance Company is here to help. For a minimal annual cost of $25, we offer protection against identity theft. Our ID theft protection will work to restore your credit to the level it was prior to the breach and will reimburse up to $25,000 in out-of-pocket expenses used to reestablish your credit. Give us a call at 866-568-8922 or contact your agent for more information.
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

8 Tips for Preventing the Flu


 
Although the flu virus is detected year-round, flu season begins in October. For most, the flu knocks us down for a few weeks and we will be back to normal in a short period of time. However, the flu can be serious, or even deadly if you have additional conditions. Greatly reduce your risk of catching the flu this season by following these tips:
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands
  • Get the influenza vaccine once a year
  • Eat a healthy diet containing vitamins C and E
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise daily
  • Try to get a sufficient amount of sleep
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water
 
 
Use these precautions to help lower your risk of catching and spreading the flu.  For more tips on how to prevent yourself from getting the flu, click here.
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Scare Safely on Halloween




 
Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for kids and many adults. However, millions of parents worry about their children’s safety on Halloween for a variety of reasons. Halloween may be known to be the spookiest and scariest day of the year, and sometimes it can be for the wrong reasons. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year. Here are several steps you can take to keep your family safe this Halloween:

Walking
  • Look before you cross the street
  • Younger trick-or-treaters should always be supervised
  • Use sidewalks and paths
  • Stay in well-lit areas
 
Costumes
  • Use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags to be visible to drivers
  • Do not let your child wear a mask, as it can get in the way of their vision
  • Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid tripping hazards
 
Driving
  • Drive cautiously and slowly
  • Eliminate any distractions like cell phones
  • Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods
  • Never drink and drive.
 
These tips will make sure your children have a safe Halloween.  We hope you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween. For more tips on Halloween safety, visit Safe Kids Worldwide.
 
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.