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June is National Safety Month



 

June is recognized as National Safety Month, with a focus on reducing the risk of injuries and unintentional deaths across the United States. In 2017, it was estimated around 75% of all preventable injuries and injury-related deaths occurred in homes and communities, according to the National Safety Council.  Here are the National Safety Council’s top 5 causes of unintentional death and injuries in homes and communities, and how to avoid them:
 
 
  1. Poisoning
Did you know, more than 90% of poisoning occur at home? This includes ingestion of chemicals and drugs, as well as exposure to substances such as carbon monoxide, lead, or radon gas. Keep all prescriptions and household chemicals in a safe, locked location. Be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors near each sleeping area of your home, and purchase lead and radon test kits at your local hardware store.
 
  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
 
The second-leading cause of serious injury or death can happen in an instant during a car crash. Distracted driving, driving while impaired, inexperience, and speeding are the most common causes of vehicular accidents. Put your phone down while driving, follow the speed limit, and .
 
 
  1. Falls
 
Falling accounts for roughly one-third of all reported non-fatal injuries in the United States. Falls can occur at any age; however, it is the number one cause of death of adults 65 and older. Avoid tripping and slipping hazards in your home by keeping floors clear of clutter, installing grab bars in your shower, and keeping essential items in easy to reach locations.
 
 
  1. Choking
Thousands of American die every year due to choking. Choking on food is responsible for the most choking incidents, especially for the elderly. Young children are also at a higher risk of choking, keep small objects out of reach and supervise them while eating. It is also recommended to learn how to look for signs someone may be choking and know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
 
 
  1. Drowning
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children from the ages 1-4 and is the 5th leading cause of unintentional death and injury in Americans of all ages. It is estimated, 74% of drowning incidents of children and young adults occur in residential areas.  Children should always be supervised in and around the pool. Click here for some additional tips on water safety.
 
 
We hope you consider these tips not just for National Safety Month, but throughout the year to keep you and your family safe. For more information on National Safety Month, click here.
 

 
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.

Are you prepared for the 2019 Hurricane Season?


The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st. Although the predictions for this year’s Hurricane Season are expected to be less active than last year, we know it can only take one storm to create devastating and costly damage. The best way to ensure the safety of your family and home is to prepare. Here are a few preparation tips to consider:
 
Stock up on Supplies: When a hurricane is on the horizon, chaos ensues when trying to purchase provisions and supplies. It is best to gather your supplies well before a hurricane is approaching. Click here for a list of must-have items on your supply list.
 
Have an Evacuation Plan: In the event you and your family need to evacuate your home, it is important you have a plan in place well before it is time to leave. Discussing your plans and assigning responsibilities with your family ahead of time will help keep everyone calm and collected while evacuating. Be sure to bring all necessary supplies including important documents, medications, a supply of cash, and any other items you may need. Remind your family members to stick together and establish a designated meeting spot should anyone become separated. Pets should never be left out of your evacuation plans. Don’t forget to pack food and other supplies for all the pets in your household.
 
Preparing Your Home: There are many steps you can take to prepare your home before a hurricane strikes. Be sure to clear objects from your yard, trim trees and shrubs, declutter your gutters and drains, and have your hurricane shutters in an accessible location. Click here for some safety tips for installing your hurricane shutters.
 
Insurance Coverage:  Now is the best time to read through your policy to be sure you are completely covered should a disaster strike. The last thing you want to worry about is learning you do not have enough coverage when you file a claim. If you have any questions or would like to make changes to your policy, contact your agent, or give us a call at 866-568-8922.
 
In the event a catastrophe strike, Edison Insurance Company is here to assist you. Should you need to file a claim, you may do so online, or by calling 888-683-7971.
 
 
 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.

Safety Tips for Installing Hurricane Shutters


Hurricane season is here and now is the time to ensure your home is protected should disaster strike. Preparation plans should be in place, and your hurricane shutters should be purchased and/or in an accessible location, well in advance of a storm. Installing hurricane shutters is an effective way to minimize hurricane damages to your windows and home. However, installing shutters can turn into a labor-intensive project, and could cause serious injuries if safety precautions are not taken. Here are some tips to take into consideration to ensure your hurricane shutter installation goes safely and smoothly:
 
  • Be sure to inspect your shutters for damages before installing.  
 
  • Label your shutters to match their corresponding window.
 
  • Never install your shutters during inclement weather, as it greatly increases your risk of injury.
 
  • Wear protective gloves while installing your shutters to avoid being cut by their sharp edges.
 
  • Practice caution while using a ladder and have someone hold and stabilize your ladder from below.
 
  • Be careful while operating power tools and drills.
 
 
Hopefully, you will not have to install shutters this hurricane season, but in case you do, please keep these tips in mind. Remember, Edison Insurance Company stands ready to assist you should catastrophe strike.
 

Thank you for visiting our blog. Edison Insurance Company’s top priority is the safety of you and your family. For more information on insurance in Florida, or to get a free homeowners insurance quote, call us at 866-568-8922.