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The Use of Smart Home Technology in Fire Prevention and Detection

  A handful of complementary smart devices could help prevent and/or detect a fire in your home, while minimizing even more serious damage by notifying you earlier. While traditional smoke detectors are designed to alert people inside the home of a fire so everyone can evacuate safely, some of the following smart devices can also […]


Tips to Check Tire Tread

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes.1 Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes. Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their […]


How to Help Prevent Water Damage

If you think about water damaging your home, you might conjure up an image of a hurricane, torrential rain or other natural catastrophe. The unfortunate reality is that damage that is caused when ordinary household appliances fail can be just as destructive as an extreme weather event.¹ According to the Insurance Industry Institute, water damage […]

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Get on Track With Garage Door Safety

Tips to Help Keep You and Your Family Safe Around Garage Doors Home garage doors are light and easy to lift—until something goes wrong. If a spring or roller breaks, or your electrical opener malfunctions, you’ll find out for yourself that the garage door is one of the largest moving objects in your home. That’s […]

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

  Milder days offer a prime opportunity for spring cleaning and home maintenance. After a long winter, be sure to spend some time on preventive measures that will help maintain your home and property all year long. From cleaning out your gutters and checking for dead trees and branches, to cleaning and inspecting your home […]

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Check for Hazards!

  Milder days offer a prime opportunity for spring cleaning and home maintenance. After a long winter, be sure to spend some time on preventive measures that will help maintain your home and property all year long. From cleaning out your gutters and checking for dead trees and branches, to cleaning and inspecting your home […]

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Dogs and Home Insurance

New Pet? Here’s Why You Should Let Your Insurance Agent Know Your new best friend finally arrived home from the local animal shelter, and he’s taking in his new surroundings, appreciating the softness of his bed and the critters outside the living room window. Meanwhile you’re going over the checklist in your head, again. Buy […]

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Why Is My Car a Total Loss? And, Now What?

An Independent Agent Explains: What to Expect When Your Car Is Totaled This post is part of a series of insurance blogs on Safeco.com showcasing the expertise of independent insurance agents and aimed at helping you understand important insurance coverages and issues. In car accidents both severe and less so, the vehicle(s) involved may be deemed damaged beyond repair. […]


What Should Go in Your Home Safe (or Safe-Deposit Box)?

Securing Important Documents and Treasures Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to clean the cobwebs out of the corners, organize the closets and so forth. While you’re at it, don’t forget to revisit the important documents and other items you have in your home safe and in that safe-deposit box at the bank. What […]

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How Water Sensors Can Help Prevent Costly Water Damage

If the rubber hose on your washing machine fails, it can cause significant damage to your home. If that leak goes undetected in the basement or another room that you might not regularly visit, the accumulated water can cause potentially catastrophic damage, from moldy walls to warped floorboards. The smart technology in water sensor systems […]

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