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Everything You Need To Know About Ice Dams

Ice dams are a very real problem that you will most likely face if you own a home in Massachusetts. While ice can be lovely for skating, it can quickly ruin your home if you don’t take the proper precautions. Luckily, we know all about ice dams! Follow our suggestions and you can rest easy knowing that even if we see a repeat of last year’s winter, you won’t have to worry about ice dams ruining your home. What’s An Ice Dam? Great question! An ice dam occurs when water from melting snow runs down your roof then refreezes, causing

The Basics of Fire Prevention: National Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month! Is your home protected? Most everyone has some semblance of fire prevention in their home, even if it is just a few fire alarms with aging batteries. While “stop-drop-and-roll” may be all you needed to know as a child, as an adult it’s time to step up your game. Fortunately, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about effective fire prevention in this article—complete with a few tips from our very own Paul Burke, who spent 35 years as a firefighter! Fire Alarms: Location, Location, Location A working fire alarm is the crux of

How To Protect Your Car And Home From Hail

Severe weather can strike at any time–as we saw a few weeks ago when golf ball sized hail took Massachusetts by storm in the middle of summer. If you’ve experienced a hailstorm you know that these small balls of ice are much more dangerous than they look. The rare form of precipitation is also the most dangerous, and even small sized hail can cause substantial damage to the unprepared car or home. The average hailstorm lasts about five minutes, but according to reports by the National Weather Service, hail causes upwards of a billion dollars worth of damage every year.

5 Reasons You Need Rental Insurance

The adage “safety is priceless” is rarely more apt than when it’s used to describe rental insurance. A lot of times it takes a loss before you realize that while rental insurance in Fall River or the surrounding communities isn’t always mandatory, it is always necessary. Many Fall River residents learned this the hard way after a devastating winter of intense snowfall left many apartments flooded due to ice dams and their belongings damaged. If you are getting ready to move into a new apartment and don’t have rental insurance, here are five reasons getting a quote is the right

5 Summer Boating Safety Tips

Summertime is all about water—water to hydrate, sprinklers to cool down, beaches to listen to waves and boats for adventure. Water can be your best friend but also your most unpredictable one. Every time you go on a boat it’s a new experience. A boat can be a big investment but with the proper care and liability insurance a boat can transform your summer time activities. Stay safe with these five tips for boating safely this summer. 1. Pre-Departure Checklist If it’s a vehicle there is always a safety checklist. Just like when you check your mirrors when you get

HIG Gets Social

As a local insurance agent that has been around for more than a hundred years, we’ve seen a lot here at HIG. We’ve seen the evolution of technology since the WWW first came out over 20 years ago. We’ve seen phone calls turn into Yelp reviews and #hiring turn into a hashtag on Twitter. The one thing that has not changed is our desire to be more connected with our community, and to be there for you with the latest news and tips 24/7. Which is why we’re excited to announce that you can be more connected with HIG than