Archive for April, 2016

How to Safely Store Your Valuables

Friday, April 29th, 2016
store your valuables

There are many ways you can store your valuables. The method you choose is dependent upon your needs and preferences.

We’ve all felt that sinking feeling that we’ve misplaced that valuable document or family heirloom. If you’ve ever experienced a home invasion, then you know how important it is to store your valuables in a safe place. There are several ways you can store your valuables, but the first step is to make an inventory. Even if you take extra precautions, you never know what could happen, and it’s a good idea to have a list of all your valuables and their worth so that you can report an incident to your insurance agent accurately. After creating your inventory, you can choose one of the following methods to store your valuables. (more…)

Practice Pet Safety in Your Car

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
pet safety

Installing a gate like this one can increase pet safety by keeping excited dogs in the car until you are ready to let them out safely.

Your pet relies on you for their safety and well-being. Many pet owners love to take their dogs (and even cats!) along with them in the car. It’s up to you to take the steps to ensure that your pet is safe, whether you’re going on a short drive to the park or an interstate drive to see family. (more…)

How to Spot Potential Lead Hazards

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
lead poisoning

Children are more susceptible to the effects of lead poisoning, so it’s especially important for parents to test their water.

High levels of lead in the water of Flint, Michigan was the biggest news story a couple months ago. Since then, several other towns in the United States have been found to have high levels of lead in their water supplies. This comes as a surprise to most residents. So, how can you make sure that you and your family are not constantly surrounded by dangerous lead? Here are a few tips.

Drinking Water

A nonprofit organization called Healthy Babies Bright Futures is working in conjunction with Virginia Tech to provide families with Lead in Water Action Kits for testing the lead levels in drinking water. Another option is to go to to get your local consumer confidence report. (more…)

What to Do If You Witness a Car Accident

Friday, April 8th, 2016
car accident

Witnessing a car accident can be scary; it’s good to be prepared by knowing what to do in this situation.

Did you know that around 5.4 million car accidents occur every year just in the United States alone? If you are in a car accident, you may already know that you should take pictures of the damage and exchange car insurance information. But what do you do if you watch the car in front of you get into an accident? There are several things you can do to be a helpful citizen in this situation. (more…)

What to Consider When Planning a Wedding

Friday, April 1st, 2016
planning a wedding

There’s a lot that happens before you walk down the aisle.

Are you planning a wedding? If so, you may have been caught off guard by the sheer number of things there are to prepare! We’ve been keeping track of Erie Insurance’s Julia Nene as she strategically plans her wedding. Here are a few highlights from her smart wedding tips. (more…)