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Fire Prevention Week 2018

October 7-13, 2018 is National Fire Prevention Week. Founded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week serves to remind us of the importance of fire prevention education.  According to the NFPA, an average of 358,500 home structure fires were responded to by U.S. fire departments between 2011- 2015. These fires caused $6.7 billion in damages and resulted in 12,300 injuries and 2,510 deaths. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. ™” This campaign aims to educate on the three essential steps to take to prevent fires, and how to safely escape in the event of a fire. “LOOK”: Identify the places a fire could start around your home. “LISTEN”: Ensure you are able to hear a smoke alarm ringing from all areas of your home, as you may only have minutes to escape once your fire alarm goes off. “LEARN”: Know your emergency escape plan and ...

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Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

  October 17th is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Florida Peninsula has been a Trustee Member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for several years.  The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce partners with several local businesses, like Florida Peninsula, to promote the Boca Raton area as a business community and to improve the local economic climate. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company has participated in several Chamber of Commerce events including: Leadership Boca Florida Peninsula’s Director of Human Resources, Judy Farmer, attended Leadership Boca, an annual program led by the Chamber to educate the community on the many business opportunities in South Palm Beach County.  The ten-day course, taking place each Wednesday from February through June, covered a variety of local issues such as “Education Day” and “Tourism Day.” Florida Peninsula is looking forward to sending two of our employees to participate in the Leadership ...

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Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is known to be one of the spookiest days of the year. However, Halloween may turn scary when safety precautions are overlooked. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, three in four parents express concerns about their children’s safety on Halloween. To make Halloween a Spooktacular time for all, consider these safety tips: Walking Parents and/or responsible adults should always supervise their children while trick-or-treating. Look both ways before crossing the street as drivers may have a difficult time seeing you. Put electronics away to avoid distractions. Always walk on sidewalks or paths.  Costumes Adhere reflective tape or stickers on bags and costumes to be seen by drivers. Do not let your child wear a mask while walking, as some masks may obstruct their vision. When picking a costume, be sure it is the right size and length to avoid trips and falls. Choose fire-retardant costumes and accessories.    Driving ...

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Cyber Security Awareness Month serves to bring awareness to the increasing risk of your personal data being hacked online.   Living in an ever-changing digital world, it is crucial you take steps to guard your personal information online. Here are some tips for increasing your cyber security: Be cautious about what you click on Avoid sending or storing personal information on your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and computer Do not use untrustworthy public wireless hot-spots Never leave your devices unattended Update your computer software with the latest security Avoid suspicious emails and phone calls We hope you follow these tips to prevent your personal data from becoming hacked. Should you fall victim to identity theft online, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company stands ready to assist you. We offer protection ...

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Make the Most of National Preparedness Month

Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month serves to remind us to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters. As Floridians, we know the threat of a natural disaster or storm is always a possibility. Would you and your family know what to do in the event of a disaster? Consider these tips and make the most out of National Preparedness Month:  Establish and test emergency plans with your family. Sign up for local and state emergency alerts.  Install or test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Stock up on emergency supplies.  Create a home inventory. Click here for some tips to inventory your belongings.  Review your insurance policy and contact your agent to make any necessary changes to your coverages.  Don’t forget about flood insurance. Hurricanes and storms bring heavy rains which could cause flooding. Purchase flood insurance to make sure you are covered.   Septemb ...

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Hurricane Irma Damage Statistics

It has been one year since Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic Hurricanes on record, hit the State of Florida as a category 4 storm. Hurricane Irma left quite a mark on Florida, resulting in billions of dollars in damage and devastation.  Here are some startling facts and statistics about the destruction Hurricane Irma caused:  According to the balance, Hurricane Irma is the fifth most costly Atlantic storm ever recorded, reaching over $50 billion in damages.  As of June 12, 2018, The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) found there were nearly a million claims filed for damages caused by Hurricane Irma. With estimated insured losses reaching over $9.7 billion. Of those claims filed, the FLOIR found 823,733 came from residential property holders. Homeowners claims resulted in 66% of all the claims filed within the state.  Approximately 90.5% of Irma claims have been closed, with an additional 92,513 claims still open as ...

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Teddy Bear Care

Growing up, many of us can remember fond memories of playing with our favorite toy. For a child, toys not only bring us joy but comfort. Sadly, when a natural disaster strikes this can damage a family’s home and all their belongings. While Parents are busy trying to figure out how to make a bad situation better for their family, children are left confused and scared. This is why one little girl's actions meant a lot to so many. Palm Beach County second grader Sophie Carlson-Perry, saw how much damage hurricane Maria had done to Puerto Rico and said, “What about the babies? What are they going to do?” It was her compassionate mentality which led her to collect stuffed animals from the students and teachers at her school, Hidden Oaks Elementary. Her Bears for Babies toy drive brought in dozens of toys for the children or Puerto Rico. Sophie says she hopes the children will know they are loved when they receive the bears; “not just by their parents, but other people they don&rsqu ...

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National Good Neighbor Day

Did you know, September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day? Good neighbors are great to have, and even better to be. Do something nice for your neighbors today and tell them about Florida Peninsula.

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Seven Tips for Preventing Child Injuries

September 1st through 7th was National Childhood Injury Prevention Week.

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Little Known Facts About Labor Day

    Today, September 3rd, 2018 we celebrate Labor Day.  While you are relaxing on your day off, grilling, swimming, playing, and enjoying time with your friends and family, here a few facts about Labor Day you may not have known.   Did you know the origins of Labor Day are not American?  True.  Although Labor Day is often considered an American holiday, Canada honored its laborers in 1872 when they showed support for their striking workforce in a nine-hour event in the city of Toronto.  The first Labor Day was celebrated in the United States in New York City, on September 5, 1882; ten years later.   Do you know who is credited for starting the Labor Day movement in the United States?  It is quite possible, nobody knows.  There is great disagreement as to who may have started the movement.  While many believe, Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, began this labor movement through his union, others credit Matthew Maguire ...

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