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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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Holiday Shopping: Six Steps to Preventing Identity Theft

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Shopping is at its peak during the holiday season– and so is the rate of identity theft through credit card use. Fraudsters find ways to steal credentials and compromise your identity regardless of where you shop: online, in-store, or on your cell. But we don’t say this to make you lose hope; instead to give you hope that you have just as many ways to protect your identity, and get all that holiday shopping done! Here’s what you can do: Continue Reading →

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Decorating for the Holidays: Safety Tips

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In California, we don’t quite have the natural holiday decorations of snow and ice– which is fine by us! So, holiday lights and decorations are the best way to show off some holiday cheer. And of course, a little neighborhood competition always helps to bring out the most decked out neighborhoods. This year, beat the neighbors, while also preventing holiday decor-related hazards. We’ve collected some fire safety tips and childproofing tricks for decorating for the holidays. Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving Cooking and Travel Safety

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The pies are baking, the turkey is defrosting, the family games are prepared, and the guests are about to arrive. Take a breath and a moment to be thankful for all of this, and to also recognize the potential hazards that could turn a turkey dinner into a disaster. We’re surprised every year by the statistics that come out in regards to food poisoning, fires, travel accidents and emergency room visits; but despite all this, Thanksgiving remains a holiday favorite. Let’s keep it that way with a few cooking and travel safety tips: Continue Reading →

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Halloween Safety for Pets

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Halloween does its very best to frighten us every year– and it does pretty well, between the costumes, gory life-like decoration, and horror films. But have you thought about the effect of these things on your pets. If you were in their paws, everything and everyone towers over you, the exciting new decorations in the house are threatening and strange, and the tasty treats gathered throughout the season are toxic hazards. It’s enough work to keep your chocolate-crazed kids from running wild through the streets– here’s some tips and tricks for keeping the furry family members safe and secure this Halloween.

At Home

  • Homes open to trick-or-treaters: Give your pet a “safe room”; somewhere tucked away from all of the trick-or-treating frights. Strangers approaching the house, constant knocking and doorbell ringing, and the door constantly opening are all bound to overwhelm and induce some anxiety in your pet. Minimize their anxiety and make sure they don’t have the opportunity to slip out the door.
  • Halloween party hosters: Even familiar faces and smells change to pets when covered by a costume or mask. The sweets, the strangers, and the crowd with also overwhelm a pet. Keeping them in a quiet room away from the festivities is best for their health.
    • Make sure treats are placed out of reach. Chocolate, gum, and xylitol (used in many candy products) are all toxic to the digestive systems of pets.
    • “Keep on hand the number for the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline: 888-426-4435. (The hotline charges a fee of $65 per case.) If you suspect your pet has eaten something that’s bad for her, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately”.
  • Decorations: Think carefully about the decorations around your house. Many seemingly innocent decorations are hazardous to pets. To name a few: rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (possible poisons), fake cobwebs (can choke or entangle pets and wildlife), potpourri (toxic to birds) and strung lights.

Outside the Home

  • The best thing you can do for Halloween night: leave the pets at home. The dark, the strangers in frightening costumes, and the confusion of so many people and cars could potentially mean a night which ends with a bite or a lost dog.
  • Ensure your pets are secured inside, especially on Halloween night.
  • If you do decide to bring out a pet with a costume, be wary of which costume you put them in. If your pet shows any signs of discomfort (backward bent ears, eyes rolling back, tucked tails, and hunching over), take the costume off immediately.

Happy Halloween to you and your scary little ghosts and ghouls! Be safe while trick-or-treating, and we hope that your pet will be able to have a pleasant Halloween this year. Hosting a Halloween party? Give us a call at 714-838-1911 to talk about event insurance.

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Scooter Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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Whether inspired by the images of suave Italian Vespas motoring through Rome, or whether the idea of a simultaneously environmentally-friendly and economical mode of transportation, scooters might be the optimal vehicle for you. But, as a scooter owner, there are local laws with which to familiarize yourself, as well as general etiquette. Continue Reading →

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Childproofing Tips for Renters

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To an adult, a rental has the potential to be a home in which you host family holidays, share a life with a partner, and even bring children home from the hospital. To those children, a rental is a land to explore, their very own amusement park just asking to be climbed, poked, pulled, and tasted. In addition to the number of rooms and size of the backyard, think about a rental from the eyes of a child, and the child-friendliness of the property. And, when speaking to a landlord, remember that child safety is non-negotiable, and a few holes in the wall which may be easily patched are of far less import than the well-being of your child.

Let’s consider the two perspectives coming into this rental; that of the adult, and that of the child. Continue Reading →

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