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.
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
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.
Here at HIG, we’ve been helping local businesses in Fall River, Somerset, and along the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with their business insurance needs for more than 100 years. Over the course of that time, we’ve seen how the business world has changed, and have worked to make sure our insurance offerings evolve with it. We sat down with HIG partner Chris Hadley to go over some of the biggest risks and questions that business owners today have. Read along to learn more about what your business needs to be fully protected. Q. What are some business
You’ve probably seen it in the news, but car insurance rates are on the rise, with all signs pointing to technology as the main culprit. In today’s highly connected world, cars are becoming more advanced with new safety features and technology. While these changes were intended to make cars safer, they also make it more expensive to repair a car when it is involved in an accident. Hence, the increase in car insurance rates in Massachusetts, even for drivers who have not been involved in a recent crash. Here at HIG, we are breaking down why car insurance rates are
You thought you took the necessary steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures, but now you’re dealing with a burst pipe. What should you do? First of all, stay calm. Then, follow these steps. Shut off your water and potentially your electricity If a pipe bursts in your home, the first thing you should do is turn off your water to minimize flooding damage. Every homeowner should know where the main water valve is. Find it and shut it off immediately! If necessary, you should also turn off electricity to the areas of your home where the flooding is
Along the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, there is a high potential for flooding as a result of increasingly violent storms. High winds, downbursts, and fast-moving water are just a few examples of forces that increase the risk of water damage inside your home. Even with our close proximity to the water along the coast, most people don’t realize that flood insurance is not covered in your a homeowners insurance policy. Here at HIG Insurance, we’ve worked to protect homeowners from flood damage for more than 100 years. The first step to protect your coastal home is to
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.
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