Posts Tagged ‘ safety ’

Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31st, 2018
Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? No matter what they are, you need to be sure that you and your loved ones can stay safe. That’s why it’s important to heed these safety tips so that you can start the brand new year with a fresh start and no regrets. (more…)

Homeowner’s Insurance and The Importance of Deck Safety

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Homeowner’s Insurance and The Importance of Deck Safety

When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, don’t overlook the importance of deck safety.

During the summer, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible. But if you’ve got a deck in your backyard, make sure it’s safe before you pass those lazy summer days reading and drinking iced tea. Have you thought about your homeowner’s insurance this summer? When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, don’t overlook the importance of deck safety. (more…)

How to Prevent a Dryer Fire

Friday, March 10th, 2017
dryer fire

Taking a few precautionary steps can lower the risk of a dryer fire.

We all go through the motions of completing our weekly housekeeping without giving much thought to the appliances that we use: washing machines, dishwashers, vacuums, and clothes dryers. Dryer fires are incredibly common during the winter months and they cause over 15,000 house fires, almost 30 deaths, 400 injuries, and a whopping $192 million in property loss yearly. How can you prevent a dryer fire in your home? (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Fire Extinguishers

Friday, August 5th, 2016
fire extinguishers

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is an important skill for homeowners.

Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Would you know what to do if you needed to? Many homeowners don’t know how to handle a fire in the heat of the moment. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re prepared. (more…)

How to Prevent Electric Shock Drowning

Monday, July 11th, 2016
electric shock drowning

There are steps you can take to make sure your family is swimming safely.

Have you heard of electric shock drowning? Many haven’t. However, this doesn’t make it any less of a real danger. Electric shock drowning occurs when the alternating current (AC) from a boat or dock is released into fresh water and shocks the swimmer. If the current is strong enough, the swimmer can be electrocuted and drown. Sadly, because the water is electrified, this prevents anyone from jumping in the water to rescue the swimmer. However, there are steps that swimmers can take to avoid electric shock drowning. (more…)

What is Lock Bumping?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
lock bumping

A bump key is a special key that is made to unlock any lock with the help of a hammer.

3.7 million home invasions occur in the United States every year. A common method of entering a home is lock picking, which is when a set of tools is used to carefully open a locked door. Another means of entry is lock bumping. But just what is lock bumping? (more…)

How to Stay Safe in Work Zones

Friday, May 27th, 2016
work zones

Remember to slow down and be cautious in work zones, not only for the workers safety, but for your own safety, too.

As the weather has gotten nicer, you’ve probably noticed a lot more road construction. It can be annoying when you’re slowed down on your way to work, but it’s important that you practice safe driving habits when passing work zones. Driving slowly and paying close attention to signs can mean the difference in getting through the work zone safely and accidentally rear-ending the car in front of you. Here are some tips for getting yourself through a work zone safely. (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 epa.gov to get your local consumer confidence report. (more…)

How Can I Avoid Hitting a Deer?

Friday, January 8th, 2016
How to Avoid Hitting a Deer

Keep an eye out for large deer as you’re driving.

Maryland drivers have a special thing to pay attention to that drivers in other parts of the United States do not: deer. Deer are especially hazardous to drivers, since they tend to stop in front of moving vehicles and they are large enough to do considerable damage. Most deer are active around sunrise and sunset, so if you are driving during these times you must practice extra caution. Wachter Insurance has a few tips for avoiding this expensive and traumatic accident. (more…)