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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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May is National Water Safety Month

In honor of National Water Safety Month, Florida Peninsula would like to share a few water safety tips for you and your family.

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What is Synthetic Identity Fraud?

    Synthetic Identity Theft is a type of fraud in which a criminal combines real and fake information to create an entirely new identity. This identity is then used to open fraudulent accounts to make fraudulent purchases. This makes it easier for criminals to steal money from credit card companies and lenders who extend credit based on the fake identity. This way, they are not stealing from actual people making it a lot harder to get caught.   Banks are usually the victims of synthetic ID fraud since most of the information these criminals provide is legitimate, such as a real name (but a stolen social security number). After all the purchases are made and they use up all of the credit, it’s the credit card companies who pay the price, since they cannot collect payment from the fake identity who established the account. This is a very tricky situation to handle.   Synthetic identity fraud has become one of the most common types of fraud, yet the most difficult to catch, and ...

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Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 17th to the 23rd is Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Florida Peninsula is here to provide you with some tips to prevent a dog from biting you.

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Keep Electronic Pickpocketing From Happening To You

Tips to keep electronic pickpocketing from happening to you.

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Home Safety: What you need to know

Most overlooked home safety tips to keep your home safe and secure.

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Protect Yourself from the Sun

Protect yourself from the damaging effects of the Sun's UV rays.

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This Summer Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water to ensure a healthy summer, full of fun and memories

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Simple Steps for Pool Safety

  For many people in the Sunshine State, summertime goes hand-in-hand with a little fun in the sun and a splash in the pool.  For small children to older adults and everybody in between, it is important to make safety a priority while swimming. To make sure your family is safe at the neighborhood pool, or even at the beach, follow these simple steps. ·        Always make sure there is a lifeguard or a responsible parent on duty to supervise children ·        Be aware: no matter the size of the pool, whether a large community pool or small hot tub, swimming can be dangerous if not carefully monitored ·        Make sure a flotation device is handy near the pool for emergency situations ·        Supervise children at all times and make sure there is no horseplay, such as running, jumping, etc. because of the risk of slipping and falling into the pool or onto the pool deck ·        Only children with experience and the ability to swim and/or be able to float should be allowed in or near the pool ·        B ...

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When Lightning Strikes, be prepared

As many Floridians know, along with the summer sunshine and blue skies comes the occasional rainy days and thunderstorms. One thing we all know is lighting safety is crucial for people of all ages, and it can even save a life! Florida is the national leader in lightning strikes, with nearly three times as many as the next state, according to National Weather Service. Florida also suffers the most lighting-related deaths in the United States, with 449 since 1959, which is more than twice as many as the next closest state. With this in mind, it is very important for all of us to take all the necessary precautions to protect ourselves from lightning. First things first: It is important to know no place is safe outdoors when lightning is present. If you can hear the sound of thunder, then you are within the striking range of lightning and you must immediately find shelter. Shelters may include a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. Never take c ...

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