What happens when you have a nice Audi and get into a fender-bender with another car. Not much damage, just a crunched grille and bumper, and some broken headlights. No worries, right? Not quite—that could cost over $15,000 and take three weeks in the shop to repair. Continue Reading →
Once again, for the third year in a row, traffic fatalities reached an estimated 40,000. Those statistics are for 2018, according to the latest report from the National Safety Council (NSC).
That’s only roughly one percent lower than the road deaths from 2017, down only 231. But from 2014, it’s actually a 14 percent increase, the NSC reports. Continue Reading →
It’s been said for years now, since the mobile phone was invented, that using handheld devices while driving is dangerous. We’ve also seen studies that show distracted driving in general is dangerous; distracted driving can include children, GPS devices, onboard technology, and eating. Continue Reading →
Medical cannabis has become much more popular, and legal in several states across the nation, although still illegal under federal law. It can be very helpful for people with chronic pain, yet is it safe on the roads?
More than 50 percent of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain said they’ve driven within two hours of using it and at least one time in the last six months. This is according to a new study by the University of Michigan Addiction Center report in the journal Drug & Alcohol Dependence. And one in five of them said they’d driven while “very high” in the past six months. Continue Reading →
New Year’s Eve is a fantastic time to celebrate; out with the old, in with the new. And since 2018 has been quite a wild ride, let’s have a party! But, as you know, we at BMR Insurance always have your safety in mind, and that’s why we want you to enjoy yourself, if you can just keep these few recommendations at your fingertips: Continue Reading →
Smoke alarms are intended to wake everyone in the house and give them a chance to escape a house fire. But what if there’s something even more effective than a smoke alarm?
There is: A mother’s voice.
Researchers have found that a sleeping child is around three times more likely to be wakened by one of three voice alarm that has a mother’s voice rather than the one with a tone or high-pitched noise. Continue Reading →
Christmas trees are beautiful, and such a symbol of the holidays. Bright lights, ornaments from years past, and gifts gathered underneath. But they can also be deadly—a tree and gifts can catch fire in as little as 60 seconds, and completely burn within 10 minutes, thanks to the combination of the tree’s dryness, electrical lighting malfunctions, and heating sources in the wrong places. This usually happens while the family is asleep, making smoke detectors even more essential. $13 million—that’s how much property damage costs Christmas trees create annually!
But still, how can you resist a live tree? If you have to have one, please follow these safety precautions at all times to keep your family, guests and friends safe: Continue Reading →
Last week we talked about staying safe online, and in that time Marriott hotel group announced a security breach. That should be another warning that our online information is not always safe! But we can’t forget about the dangers of shopping in brick-and-mortar retail shops, either. We don’t want to be all doom and gloom about the world, but unfortunately, there are people who prey on others for their own gain, and it’s smart to be prepared. Continue Reading →
Black Friday has passed, but there are still online shopping deals to be had between now and the holidays, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas—or just exchanging gifts with loved ones.
But nothing ruins the perfect shopping trip online than your identity being stolen and having to make all those calls to replace your credit cards and try to restore your credit. How can you avoid that happening? Here are our tips for safe online shopping! Check back next week for our tips on brick and mortar shopping. (Yes, people still go to stores.) Continue Reading →
If you’ve been hearing about cities adopting these electric scooter programs, where people can rent a scooter, get to their destination and just leave them, you might think they’re a good idea. As with all good ideas, there can be a downside.
For instance, nine people have filed a class-action suit against two electric scooter companies: Bird Rides, Inc. and Lime, and their manufacturers, Xiaomi Corp. and Segway Inc. Each of the nine people were injured by electric scooters, and are suing the companies for gross negligence, claiming the companies knew their products were dangerous and allowed them to be used in a way that made injuries inevitable. Continue Reading →