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5 Tips to Beat the Heat of Summer


Living in the “Sunshine State” there is no better time than the summer to enjoy fun outdoor activities. Whether you are going to the beach or playing outside, many do not realize just how much we are exposing ourselves to the heat and sun.  This exposure can have many negative effects such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and death.  According to the CDC, 95% of heat-related deaths occur during May to September, primarily in July and August. Beat the heat this summer by following these tips:
 
 
  1. Stay hydrated by drinking water rather than caffeine and alcohol latent beverages, which cause water loss.
 
  1. Wear lightweight clothes.
 
  1. Take breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned area as needed.
 
  1. Check the news frequently to stay updated on heat-related safety information.
 
  1. Stay aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
    1. Heat Rash Symptoms – sweat buildup causing skin irritation
    2. Heat Cramp Symptoms – muscle spasms and pain
    3. Heat Exhaustion Symptoms – nausea, headache, dizziness, weakness, and rapid pulse
    4. Heat Stroke – no sweating, physically hot, confusion, faints, and seizures
 
 
Remember to check up on your friends and family frequently to ensure they are safe from the effects of the heat.  For more information on heat safety, click here. We hope you have an amazing, safe summer with your loved ones. 
 
 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Edison Insurance Company’s top priority is the safety of you and your family. For more information on insurance in Florida, or to get a free homeowners insurance quote, call us at 866-568-8922. 
 

Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak


 

While your home’s plumbing system appears to be working, there are many warning signs of a potential underlying issue. To reduce your chances of major water damage in your home, you must be aware of these signs and identify them to avoid major damage and costly repairs.
 After a while, it is easy to get used to the sound of rattling pipes, a leaky kitchen faucet or a slow flushing toilet. Ignoring these signs can lead to an easily avoidable destruction. Here are a few warning signs of plumbing failure:
 
  • An increase in your water bill
  • A slow, gradual leak coming from a pipe
  • Pipes rattle and/or make noise
  • Persistent sound of running water coming from a toilet
  • Slow drainage in the sink or shower
  • Low water pressure
  • Water backs up in the sink when running the dishwasher
  • Toilets make bubbling sounds 
 
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to call a plumber right away and take care of any necessary repairs, to avoid a major plumbing bill should something go terribly wrong. When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, mitigation should always be a priority. Click here for further information about plumbing problems and how to fix them.
 
 

Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.
 

June is National Safety Month



 

June is recognized as National Safety Month, with a focus on reducing the risk of injuries and unintentional deaths across the United States. In 2017, it was estimated around 75% of all preventable injuries and injury-related deaths occurred in homes and communities, according to the National Safety Council.  Here are the National Safety Council’s top 5 causes of unintentional death and injuries in homes and communities, and how to avoid them:
 
 
  1. Poisoning
Did you know, more than 90% of poisoning occur at home? This includes ingestion of chemicals and drugs, as well as exposure to substances such as carbon monoxide, lead, or radon gas. Keep all prescriptions and household chemicals in a safe, locked location. Be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors near each sleeping area of your home, and purchase lead and radon test kits at your local hardware store.
 
  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
 
The second-leading cause of serious injury or death can happen in an instant during a car crash. Distracted driving, driving while impaired, inexperience, and speeding are the most common causes of vehicular accidents. Put your phone down while driving, follow the speed limit, and .
 
 
  1. Falls
 
Falling accounts for roughly one-third of all reported non-fatal injuries in the United States. Falls can occur at any age; however, it is the number one cause of death of adults 65 and older. Avoid tripping and slipping hazards in your home by keeping floors clear of clutter, installing grab bars in your shower, and keeping essential items in easy to reach locations.
 
 
  1. Choking
Thousands of American die every year due to choking. Choking on food is responsible for the most choking incidents, especially for the elderly. Young children are also at a higher risk of choking, keep small objects out of reach and supervise them while eating. It is also recommended to learn how to look for signs someone may be choking and know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
 
 
  1. Drowning
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children from the ages 1-4 and is the 5th leading cause of unintentional death and injury in Americans of all ages. It is estimated, 74% of drowning incidents of children and young adults occur in residential areas.  Children should always be supervised in and around the pool. Click here for some additional tips on water safety.
 
 
We hope you consider these tips not just for National Safety Month, but throughout the year to keep you and your family safe. For more information on National Safety Month, click here.
 

 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

Are you prepared for the 2019 Hurricane Season?


The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st. Although the predictions for this year’s Hurricane Season are expected to be less active than last year, we know it can only take one storm to create devastating and costly damage. The best way to ensure the safety of your family and home is to prepare. Here are a few preparation tips to consider:
 
Stock up on Supplies: When a hurricane is on the horizon, chaos ensues when trying to purchase provisions and supplies. It is best to gather your supplies well before a hurricane is approaching. Click here for a list of must-have items on your supply list.
 
Have an Evacuation Plan: In the event you and your family need to evacuate your home, it is important you have a plan in place well before it is time to leave. Discussing your plans and assigning responsibilities with your family ahead of time will help keep everyone calm and collected while evacuating. Be sure to bring all necessary supplies including important documents, medications, a supply of cash, and any other items you may need. Remind your family members to stick together and establish a designated meeting spot should anyone become separated. Pets should never be left out of your evacuation plans. Don’t forget to pack food and other supplies for all the pets in your household.
 
Preparing Your Home: There are many steps you can take to prepare your home before a hurricane strikes. Be sure to clear objects from your yard, trim trees and shrubs, declutter your gutters and drains, and have your hurricane shutters in an accessible location. Click here for some safety tips for installing your hurricane shutters.
 
Insurance Coverage:  Now is the best time to read through your policy to be sure you are completely covered should a disaster strike. The last thing you want to worry about is learning you do not have enough coverage when you file a claim. If you have any questions or would like to make changes to your policy, contact your agent, or give us a call at 866-568-8922.
 
In the event a catastrophe strike, Edison Insurance Company is here to assist you. Should you need to file a claim, you may do so online, or by calling 888-683-7971.
 
 
 Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Safety Tips for Installing Hurricane Shutters


Hurricane season is here and now is the time to ensure your home is protected should disaster strike. Preparation plans should be in place, and your hurricane shutters should be purchased and/or in an accessible location, well in advance of a storm. Installing hurricane shutters is an effective way to minimize hurricane damages to your windows and home. However, installing shutters can turn into a labor-intensive project, and could cause serious injuries if safety precautions are not taken. Here are some tips to take into consideration to ensure your hurricane shutter installation goes safely and smoothly:
 
  • Be sure to inspect your shutters for damages before installing.  
 
  • Label your shutters to match their corresponding window.
 
  • Never install your shutters during inclement weather, as it greatly increases your risk of injury.
 
  • Wear protective gloves while installing your shutters to avoid being cut by their sharp edges.
 
  • Practice caution while using a ladder and have someone hold and stabilize your ladder from below.
 
  • Be careful while operating power tools and drills.
 
 
Hopefully, you will not have to install shutters this hurricane season, but in case you do, please keep these tips in mind. Remember, Edison Insurance Company stands ready to assist you should catastrophe strike.
 

Thank you for visiting our blog. Edison Insurance Company’s top priority is the safety of you and your family. For more information on insurance in Florida, or to get a free homeowners insurance quote, call us at 866-568-8922. 

Password Protection Tips for World Password Day





 
May 4th is World Password Day, reminding the world of the importance of keeping your personal information safe with proper password protection. We live in an internet-based word, where much of our personal and sensitive information can be found in our accounts online. With cybercrime continuing to be a growing issue around the world, it is very important you keep your accounts secure with hard-to-crack passwords. In honor of World Password Day, we would like to share the following password protection tips:

 
  • Use different a password for each of your accounts.
 
  • Always sign-out of devices and accounts when not in use.
 
  • Do not enter passwords on computers on unsecured wi-fi networks like a coffee shop or airport.
 
  • Never share your password with others.
 
  • Change your passwords frequently. It is recommended to change your passwords every 30 days.
 
  • Make your passwords longer and use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters throughout.
 
 

Please consider these tips to keep your passwords and personal information as safe as possible. For more information on password safety, click here.
 
 


Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.
 

Sun Safety & Protection Tips


 

Summer is upon us, and many enjoy spending their days in the sun. Having fun in the sun is one of the things which makes Florida so great, however, can also be dangerous if proper care is not taken. It is important for us to remember the sun can be very harmful due to its UV rays. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin damage and skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. However, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. May has been recognized as National Skin Cancer Month, reminding us all to understand our risk of skin cancer and engage in sun-safe habits. As such, we would like for you to remember a few of these simple sun safety tips:
 
 
Seek Shade: Try to seek shade from the sun under a tree, umbrella, or other forms of shelter. If possible, try to stay out of the sun during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, as those are the times the sun is the strongest.
 

Covered Skin is the Safest Skin: If you are planning on being exposed to the sun and outdoors, wear clothing and accessories to cover up as much skin as possible. It is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants or skirts, sunglasses, and hats.

 
Slather on the Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day to all exposed areas of your body. For extended outdoor activity, and especially for children, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be re-applied throughout the day, especially after swimming or excessive sweating.
 
 
Just by practicing these sun safety tips, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer. For more ways to lower your risk, click here.
 
 
 
 Thank you for visiting our blog. The safety of you and your family is Edison Insurance Company’s top priority. For more information on homeowners insurance in Florida, or to get a quote, call us at 866-568-8922. 

Grilling Safety Tips



 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 9,600 home fires are started by grills each year in the U.S.  These fires do not only send hundreds to emergency rooms across the country, they also lead to an average of $37 million in damages annually. The month of May is one of the most common months for grill fires. To ensure a fun and safe summer for all, keep a few of these grilling tips in mind:

 
  • Check for leaks and breaks in your gas tank hoses before firing up your grill.
 
  •  Clean and remove grease buildup from the grill and tray.
 
  • Keep your grill at a distance from your home and on a flat, sturdy surface.
 
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
 
  • If your flame goes out, wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting.
 
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
 

What to do in the event of a grill fire:

Accidents happen, and in the event of a grill fire, the safety of you and your family should be the top priority. Be sure to extinguish the fire as fast as possible and call 911 immediately. Treat burns as soon as possible. Once the smoke clears, you should assess your property for damages. Should the situation warrant, call us at 888-683-7971 to file a claim.
 

 

As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Homeowners insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 

May is National Water Safety Month




As school lets out for the summer, and temperatures increase, many families spend their days around the water. As such, May has been recognized as National Water Safety Month, bringing attention to practicing safety in and around bodies of water. According to the World Health Organization, 360,000 drowning deaths occur worldwide. Children are at an increased risk of drowning and other water-related injuries. Make water safety a priority for your whole family by practicing these water safety tips:

 
  • Teach children swimming skills and water safety
 
  • Never leave children unattended in or around bodies of water. Children should be kept at arm’s reach of a supervising adult. 
 
 
  • Learn life-saving skills and CPR. In the event of an emergency, first responders may not get there soon enough. Knowing CPR and other life-saving skills could make all the difference in saving a life. CPR classes are offered at many locations. A quick search online can find a class near you.
 
  • If you are at the beach, be sure to swim near a lifeguard.
 
 
  • Clear the pool of toys and other attractants after swimming. Many young children will try to reach for toys and other items in the pool to play with, and if nobody is there to supervise, it could be deadly. It is best to take everything out of the pool to avoid this issue.
 
  • Equip young swimmers with life jackets.
 
 
  • If you have a pool, be sure to share pool safety instructions with your family, friends, and neighbors.
 


Florida continues to lead the country in drowning deaths.  In 2012, West Palm Beach led the state in drowning deaths and non-fatal hospitalizations with over 49 recorded incidents. These are just a few ways you can practice water safety for you and your loved ones. For more information visit the National Water Safety Month website. We hope you and your family enjoy a fun and most importantly, safe summer.
 
 
Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida home insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.