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Archive: December 2018

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 a wide variety 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, turn off all 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 and 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, most children put together their lists of toys for the holidays. On your search to find the best toys 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 age appropriate toys based on manufacture labels. 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 them or they begin 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.