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Archive: October 2018

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.