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What to Do If Your Wallet Is Stolen

You reach in your back pocket for your wallet– and it’s gone. With a sinking feeling, the first thing you might want to do is run from place to place in a panic. But if you take the following steps, you’ll save yourself, your bank account, and your identity a lot of trouble. Continue Reading →

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Check Your CO Detector Annually

New Year’s is a time of fresh beginnings. Start 2018 off as safe as possible in your home. Check your CO detectors, as winter is peak time for cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and deadly. It emits from burning wood, kerosene, natural gas, and oil. As we warm and seal our homes in winter, the chances of CO exposure are high. Continue Reading →

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Kids Can Help With Thanksgiving Dinner Too

Whether hosting a family of 5 or a gathering of 50, Thanksgiving dinner requires plenty of planning and a lot of time. It can be hard to do it all and enjoy the festivities yourself. One of the ways you can transform your Turkey Day dinner into a successful and enjoyable affair is to sign off tasks to your best little helpers: the kids.

Kids of any age can help out, and both you and they will find the holiday to be more memorable and meaningful. Continue Reading →

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Happy Halloween Safety Review

Halloween has arrived! And with it, costumes, pumpkin carving (and pumpkin spice flavored goodies), decorations, and enough candy to last the year. Take care of your little ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches this year by adhering to safe practices in all of your Halloween festivities. Continue Reading →

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Check Windshield Wiper Blades

It’s the end of a long, hot summer (not unusual in southern California), and the first rain comes. You get in the car, turn on the windshield wipers…only to find that they aren’t working and you can’t see out the windshield. And beyond its inconvenience, this is a major safety hazard of impaired visibility. Wipers taking a beating in winter months, and can wear out within a few uses, while the summer heat dries and cracks the rubber. Avoid any unpleasant surprises with some easy maintenance through the year.

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Blades should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, according to most experts. Here are 4 steps to take in replacing the blades on your own. (Not feeling confident in your windshield wiper replacing abilities? Bring your car by a car shop and they’ll usually do it right there for you!)

  1. Which fit? – Measure the length of the wiper blades, or check your car owner’s manual for the correct blade measurement.
  2. Out with the old – Lift the arm of the wiper away from the windshield, and press the tab on the underside of the wiper. This should allow you to slide the wiper blade off the arm. (Need a visual? Watch this tutorial.)
  3. In with the new – Put the new wiper blade tightly on the arm. A clicking sound will tell you that it is secure. Lower the arm back to the windshield and repeat with the other wiper.
  4. Test – Before you drive off, test the new blades out.

There’s one less thing to worry about as the winter season approaches! Go to our blog archive for other helpful tricks and tips.

Questions? Call BMR Insurance at 714-838-1911 for a quote or advice regarding your coverage. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Can a Dealer Sell a Used Car on Recall?

Buying a used car can be a hassle. If you’re buying through a private seller, you need to get your car checked out by a mechanic, and that takes time and costs money. You may think it’s easier, safer, and more reliable to buy a used car from a dealership, especially when they have a “certified pre-owned” used car program.

But does that mean it’s perfect? Everything’s fixed and ready to drive off the lot? Not necessarily. You might be surprised to see a car on a dealer’s used car lot, check the CarFax and find that it’s on an open recall for the replacement of a Takata air bag inflator. Continue Reading →

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How To Host the Best Fourth of July Barbecue

Summer is finally here, and so is that wonderful, patriotic holiday that we all love to celebrate. Yes, get out the red, white, and blue bunting, raise the stars and stripes, and clean the barbecue. That’s right–it’s the Fourth of July, and we’re getting ready to ‘cue.

Nervous about hosting an Independence Day feast for friends? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with six tips that will ensure you have a party free from failure and full of fun. Continue Reading →

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What To Do in a Power Outage

light-bulbs-1125016_1280Electricity runs a higher percentage of our lives than we can possibly imagine– everything from digital devices to garage doors. We can never be too prepared for a power outage. Here’s the rundown, what to do before, during, and after a power outage: Continue Reading →

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Insurance for Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Did you find the perfect diamond necklace? The beautiful tennis bracelet that they’ve been aching for, the Rolex watch that you know is just right? Before you run out of the shop and over to your Valentine’s Day date, make sure your gift is insured. The insurance is just the cherry on top of this gift, to preserve the gesture in case of loss, theft, or destruction. The steps are easy, and you’ll still make it to dinner on time– we promise. Here’s what you can do: Continue Reading →

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The New California Driving Law You Need to Know About

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It’s easy to feel invincible on the road, and assume that a few extra miles per hour or a quick glance at the cell phone won’t kill you. That’s exactly the problem though: it not only could kill you, it also could take the lives of others. In 2014, a young girl from Sacramento killed one and injured three as she searched for her phone on the passenger seat; unfortunately, this is only one of many instances of the deadliness of distracted driving. The laws of 2008, allowing only hands-free cell phone use for those over 18, and banning texting, left loopholes of which we’ve almost all taken advantage. Continue Reading →

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