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What to Inspect When You’re Inspecting

Taking the time to do a complete inspection of your home, before and after purchasing it, is always a great idea in terms of saving money and preventing extreme damage to your home. By inspecting the house before purchase, you will know in advance what you are buying if there are any areas which may need your attention. Doing further inspection each year after purchase can be useful in order to keep track of preventative maintenance, repairs, etc. Here are some less-obvious areas to pay attention to, when conducting a home inspection: Water Heater: Look particularly at the water heating system to make sure there is no damage. If you hear any water gurgling, popping or snapping, this may mean you need to drain out sediment.  Septic System: If you are not sure, find out how old your septic system is and the last time it was pumped. Also check for any signs of surface leakage.  Roof and Flooring: Check for any damage, sinking, contamination and dampness. Be sure to take a loo ...

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Christmas Tree Safety

  As the holidays approach, it is important to make safety your number one priority. When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, keep these 5 safety tips in mind:  Watch out for the little ones: Until you can be sure your Christmas tree is standing on its own without tipping over, you should not allow small children to be in the same room. With all the excitement going on surrounding the tree, they may not be aware it may still be unstable. When the tree is sturdy and positioned, you can welcome them into the room to decorate.  Avoid glass ornaments around children: Ornaments are extremely fragile, especially glass ones. Much younger children do not have full coordination, therefore, it is suggested you use plastic or soft ornaments. If there are glass ornaments, they should be hung higher on the tree by adults only. Should they fall and break, a child could be startled and injured in the process.  Fire-Proof: Consider purchasing a flame-retardant Christmas ...

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Fire Prevention Week

October 9th-15th is the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) "National Fire Prevention Week".

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National Preparedness Month: National PrepareAthon! Day

Throughout the month of September, families were encouraged to take actionable steps to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies during National Preparedness Month. However, today, September 30th is National PrepareAthon! Day. If you have not yet planned for disasters and emergencies, now is the time. Protect your family and home by participating in America's PrepareAthon activities including: Accessing Alerts and Warnings: Check out the Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings handout, including material on receiving information on important weather conditions and other emergencies. Update or Assemble Your Emergency Supplies: For a list of important items you should have in your emergency supply kit, visit the tips and tools section of our website. Insure and Document Your Property: Speak with your agent to ensure your home and valuables are properly insured. As a Florida Peninsula policyholder, you can rest assured we will have you covered if catastrophe strikes. Also, we highly recommend developi ...

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Secure Your Home for Hurricane Season Before Going on Vacation

The arrival of summer means time for family vacations and weekend getaways to relax and enjoy those we love. For Floridians, it also means the beginning of hurricane season. As you make travel plans this summer, take the time to ensure your home and belongings are protected while you are away. Taking a few preventative measures prior to your departure will result in a more enjoyable, worry-free vacation, should your home be in close proximity to the path of a hurricane or tropical storm while you are away.  Have fun and relax knowing your home is secure and protected by taking the following steps:  Ensure your insurance coverage is up to date and you are properly insured.  Reinforce your home's exterior structure by securing all windows and doors with hurricane shutters. Be sure trees and shrubs are trimmed to minimize damage from broken branches. Secure or store away lawn furniture, BBQ grills, potted plants, and other loose items.  Unplug all ...

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Safety Tips for Using Heating Equipment

When heating devices are used improperly, they can be extremely dangerous and pose a serious fire hazard.Luckily, there are some simple steps you can do to prevent heating equipment related fire from happening.

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Fireworks Safety for New Year's

Make the most of your New Year's celebration while ensuring the safety of those around you.

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Hoverboard Fires Causing Major Concerns this Holiday Season

Hoverboards, the battery-powered skateboard atop many holiday lists this season have officials warning of their serious dangers.

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Holiday Decoration Safety

Decorate safely this holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Safety

To ensure a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company reminds you of some important safety tips.

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