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.
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.
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
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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“Not Every Hero Wears A Cape” is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. Sponsored annually by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the event this year focuses on how each and every one of us is equipped with the “powers” to take small but important actions to keep ourselves and those around us safe in the event of a fire.
It seems like just yesterday you were holding their hand to cross the street and helping them tie their shoes, but now your child is officially a teen, and with that comes a new and exciting chapter — driving! Here at HIG, we know handing over the keys to your teen is a big deal and that’s why we’re here to help make sure you and your teen are ready for this new freedom and responsibility.
It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season is in full swing. Unfortunately, these types of illnesses can spread quickly, especially for people working in close quarters. While the workplace can be a perfect environment for the spread of germs, there are things you can do as a business owner to maintain your health and the health of your employees. Here are some useful tips to help contain the spread of the flu this winter. Encourage Employees to Get a Flu Shot So far this year, there have been thousands of influenza cases in Massachusetts. According to
As a small business owner and employer, you have a responsibility to your employees to ensure their health and safety in the workplace. Whether your employment involves operating heavy machinery or typing away at a computer all day, there are always risks. Here at HIG, we want to protect your business and it’s employees, which is why we’re offering tips to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
When the sun is in the sky and the weather is heating up in Fall River and the South Coast, most people think of fun days at the beach splashing in the water or relaxing with a good book. While summer generally is a time for fun and relaxation, rising temperatures can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Kids and pets are among the most vulnerable during these summer months, so HIG wants to remind you to follow these summer heat safety tips that will keep your family safe. Kids Summer Heat Safety Children’s body temperatures
If you’ve had access to a TV or computer this past month, then you’ve probably heard about the latest flash from the past, Pokémon GO. The game, which was released earlier this month, has quickly become a phenomenon, with players of all ages racing to catch ‘em all. And while the game has been associated with a lot of positive outcomes, like getting people to be active and engaged in their community, certain safety concerns have also been raised. Don’t get burned by a Charizard — or one of these safety hazards while playing: Be aware of the cyber implications.