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Travel Safety for Your Cellphone

When do we ever leave our cellphones home? Oh that’s right—just when we forget. One place a cellphone is essential is when you’re on the road, whether for business or pleasure. And with the holiday season starting, you’ll want your cellphone on hand to take family snapshots, keep connected with relatives, check in for your flights, have your boarding pass…the list goes on.

Clearly the last thing you want to do is lose your cellphone, at any time, but really when you’re traveling. We’ve put together some information that will help protect your phone and your data if  it gets lost or stolen. Continue Reading →

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Visit Five Top National Parks in California

Why not take a page out of your parents’ guidebook to family trips? Don’t jump on a plane to Hawaii, pile in the car and drive to one of the many amazing national parks right here on our doorstep in the great state of California. Not only does a family that road-trips together stay together, it’s a wonderful way to see the beauty of our natural world. So where to go? Don’t worry—we’ve rounded up five fantastic parks for you to choose from. Continue Reading →

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Museums for Kids in Orange County

In our community, we’re lucky that we don’t have to go far for experiences that people drive across the nation for. We have the beaches, the history, the museums, state parks, all within reach. For those of us with younger ones to entertain, it’s great to have so many options to get up and out of the house. To the kids, a trip to a neighborhood museum can be a trip to another world. Take advantage of our local museums, and head to one of our five favorite Orange County museums: Continue Reading →

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Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

American three-day weekend holidays can become a blur of celebrating this and that — but why do we really celebrate Memorial Day? When did it start and why is it always the last Monday in May? We’ve gathered up everything you need to truly celebrate properly, alongside the barbecues and beach days. Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

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Thanksgiving conjures images of family and friends gathered around the table, pumpkin pies and the cranberry sauce which nobody touches, and sweaters and scarves ushering in the chilly weather. Not usually present in this holiday montage is the travel time to get to that table and family. According to AAA, 41,900,000 people will pack up and head to their respective Thanksgivings– by train, plane and car. If you count yourself among them, form your game plan now for your travels. Continue Reading →

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Be Careful at the Beach: Sharks in O.C. Waters

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Southern California waters have always been an enticement to locals and tourists alike; the waves are soothing, welcoming and cooling, and promise peaceful hours of swimming and surfing. But there is more hesitation seeping into swimmers minds as they dip their toes into the tide. Shark attacks have become a controversial topic this summer. Shark attacks have always appeared a distant possibility, but when a Great White attacked and seriously injured a Corona del Mar triathlete woman in May, it made us all reconsider our own susceptibility to such attacks.

Sunset Beach waters have closed multiple times in the last month, as up to five large sharks have been near the beach at one time. A group of Dana Point whale-watchers instead watched an inordinately large 10-foot great white swim lazily alongside their vessel. And, San Clemente and Huntington Beach piers have had enough sightings to post warning signs for surfers and swimmers: “Swim at own risk”.

Orange County also has its own resident crew of five juvenile great whites. Researchers and students as CSU Long Beach have been tracking and tagging the five great whites, all of whom appear to have settled in Orange County– potentially due to the high population of stingrays, especially near Surfside. The juveniles are about five feet long, and appear to know the waters of the coast of Southern California well. Great whites are born in the deep ocean and early abandoned by their mothers; they then usually head to warmer waters to feed.

In California, it is against the law to hunt a great white. A law implemented to conserve, it does have a flipside: the youthful great whites saved in the past have grown large, and are more numerous than ever. How can we balance conservation of the marine world, and protection of our families and loved ones? And, these sharks, which might in other years leave the waters, have decided to stay to enjoy the warm El Niño waters. Lifeguards scrutinize waters for sharks, and close beaches with less hesitation. This year holds the world record for shark attacks on humans, and in California, government officials are turning to other coastal countries to understand how to protect the public. In Australia, they too have restrictions on killing great whites. But in Western Australia, the region has seen a growing number of shark attacks, and is considering opening a shark fishery. Other tactics for shark repulsion and tracking include tagging sharks to attempt to know when they come into close proximity with swimmers, and shark netting to keep sharks from highly-populated swim areas. South Africa uses a flag system– a red flag means a shark has been spotted, but whose whereabouts are unknown. A white flag with a black shark means a shark has been spotted, and is still close enough to make waters unsafe.

Companies have even produced shark-deterrent products; wristbands which release an electromagnetic field which is supposed to interfere with the shark’s electrical sense. Another company also sells a surfboard leash equipped with the same technology. Whether this technology, tagging and tracking for automatic shark alerts, or shark nets are the answer remains to be seen. California has controversial and complicated environmental and safety issues to work through if this slew of shark sightings and attacks is to continue. We at BMR Insurance hope Orange County can continue to enjoy the summer at the beach, but with caution. Make sure to attend to lifeguards and other authority regarding shark sightings and safety. Call us today at (714) 838-1911; we’d be happy to talk about you and your family’s insurance coverage.
© Jagronick | – Great White Shark at Guadalupe Island

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Top Tips for Child Car Seats


As an adult with a car, you’ve been used to getting in the car, jetting off to your destinations, with little to no time needed before setting off. With a little one (or ones!), it’s just not that simple. That cumbersome car seat is a crucial and lifesaving device for your child, and installment is half the battle. The mess of straps and conflicting best practices—not to mention the kicking toddler—can make the child car seat more of a hassle than it may seem worth. But it’s definitely worth it! Here are a few quick tips about car seat safety and use: Continue Reading →

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Top Tips for Terrific Thanksgiving Travel


Each holiday has their own unique personality: Christmas is generous and cheerful, and always smells like pine. Valentine may come off as too sappy to some, but act as cupid for others. Then there’s New Years and New Years Eve, the golden couple—full of aspirations and the life of the party. Thanksgiving is the warm nurturer, inviting us inside to follow the scents of pumpkin pie, clinking glasses; all the while quietly reminding us to recognize the goodness flowing throughout our lives.

With Thanksgiving comes the overwhelming number of families on the road; the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates 46.9 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home to reach their Thanksgiving destinations; almost 42 million of which will be roadtripping. Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving Trivia: Did You Know?


Since Thanksgiving is less than a week away, we like to promote safety for our customers—actually, anyone who is celebrating this holiday that is so near and dear to the hearts of Americans.

And since we’ve already talked about safety tips for driving (Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road!) and safety in the kitchen (make sure that turkey is cooked through!), we thought we’d present some interesting statistics about the Thanksgiving holiday.

Because we’re an insurance agency, these tips won’t be about the pilgrims and the Native Americans who had dinner together when our country was young. No, ours are about safety and travel, but we think they are just as interesting. So here you are: Continue Reading →

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Enjoy the Summer on One of the OC’s Best Beaches


Summers on the beach are a hallmark of the Southern California childhood.  Frolicking in the sand, squealing with delight at the icy and refreshing bite of the the waves, your SoCal kids will long take such summers as a given. Or, the grown-up Southern Californian will find the beach to still be a source of relaxation and enjoyment. The OC offers some of the best beaches for creating these childhood, and/or adulthood traditions and adventures. With their white sands, variety of entertainment options, and diverse atmospheres, there is a beach for everyone.

Seeking a family-friendly local favorite? Head to Aliso Creek Beach in Laguna Beach, Balboa Beach in Newport, or Seal Beach. Plentiful parking is available, playgrounds call to the younger kids, and piers and quaint shops offer other beachside entertainment. Continue Reading →

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