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HIG Business Insurance Client Spotlight: Straight Talk with CyberComm, Inc. CEO, Bob Salvatore

At HIG, we know it’s not by coincidence or luck that our company has enjoyed over a century in business. We recognize that we owe both our longevity and ongoing agency growth to the clients who have entrusted us with their insurance needs, both business and personal, for generations. To show our appreciation for our clients’ years of support, we decided to kick off a new blog series that puts a spotlight on some of their businesses, many of which are right in your backyard.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ice Dam Prevention

If you’re starting to feel a winter chill in the air, then now is the perfect time to make sure that your home —and everything in it—is safe from the most common hazards of the season. From freezing rain and ice to heavy sleet and snow and drastically fluctuating temperatures, your house can take a serious beating during this time of year. But of all the perils of winter, perhaps the most harmful threat to your home is the infamous ice dam. Every year in New England, ice dams cost homeowners millions of dollars and cause serious property damage.

Four Popular – And Possibly Dangerous – 2020 Gift Ideas

As your local insurance professional, HIG wants to help you and your loved ones have the safest—and simplest—holiday season possible. For this reason, we did a little holiday shopping research for you and put together the following list of four trending gift ideas for 2020. We hope this helps you better understand the good, the bad, and the ugly of having these items in and around your home.

How to Support the Fall River YMCA

How the Fall River YMCA Has Stepped Up to Help the Community and Why It Needs Our Support Now More Than Ever If you grew up with a YMCA in your town, you probably thought of it as the place to learn how to swim. In fact, HIG’s Chris Hadley, principal and insurance broker, has some distinct childhood memories of his brother going to the Fall River YMCA to take swim lessons. Fortunately for Chris and others who have taken swim lessons post-1960, the Fall River YMCA has evolved significantly since those earlier days. Through its membership dues, state and

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The Basics of Fire Prevention: National Fire Prevention Week

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in October 2015 but has been updated to reflect the latest information on fire prevention. Every October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cooks up a theme for its annual fire prevention week. This year, the focus will be on “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Raising awareness on how to stay safe in the kitchen is not only the NFPA’s priority but also the HIG team’s mission, for many reasons. The kitchen is typically the most heavily trafficked room in everyone’s home. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in

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Staying Safe at Home

Over the past few months, those of us living on the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island have spent an unprecedented amount of time in our houses, condos, and apartments. Now, as restrictions related to COVID-19 are loosening up, we’re sure that you and your family are looking forward to visiting your favorite restaurants, stores, and playgrounds and may even be excited about getting back to work. However, as most stay-at-home orders are lifted, it’s likely that our homes will remain the central hub of activity for this summer and beyond. As you continue to hang around the house, it’s essential to know that it comes with its risks as well.

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Fall River, MA: About a Building

Many old buildings in Fall River, MA, have incredible stories to tell and history lessons to teach about our local area and beyond. The Fall River Historical Society on Rock Street, for example, is a treasure trove of local artifacts, including old manuscripts, drawings, paintings, photographs, furniture, and sculptures. There’s also the Lafayette-Durfee House on Cherry Street. Belonging to Colonel Joseph Durfee, who is famous for leading the Fall River militia during the War of Independence, this house contains hand-stitched clothing, civilian muskets and military weapons, medical equipment, and cooking and other household items, all from the 1700s.

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How Credit Score Affects Homeowners Insurance Rates

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer in the South Coast of Massachusetts or Rhode Island area, or you’re a longtime resident looking to make the move from your current home, the team at HIG wants to make sure you are aware of one key thing that could greatly impact your home buying process. Do you have a healthy credit history?