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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

Dec 2 2016 It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly... more

Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Nov 4 2016 Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through... more

Device Insurance: Cover Your Personal Electronics With the Policy You Already Have

Oct 7 2016 It seems everyone these days has a smartphone. Or a smart TV, a tablet, or an ebook reader. Or all of the above – and more. When you add it all up, you may find you have thousands and thousands of dollars tied up... more

How to Deal With Road Rage

Sep 2 2016 Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to... more

Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

Aug 5 2016 When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water — whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger. According to the U.S. Centers... more

Safety Tips for Summer Thrill Seekers

Jul 12 2016 The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our country’s incredible amusement parks. But, while the rides and other attractions at these parks are typically safe,... more

Insurance to Value

Jun 17 2016 Do You Have Enough Coverage to Rebuild Your Home? Imagine how devastating it would be to lose your home in a fire. Now imagine not being able to rebuild it completely because you didn’t have the correct amount of... more

Yard Work Safety

Jun 17 2016 Let's Keep Our Lawns - And Ourselves - Safe This Summer For many people, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard - often with tools that can be dangerous if not used... more

The Type of Fire Extinguisher Every Home Should Have

May 25 2016 A fire is a fire, and a fire extinguisher is a fire extinguisher, right? Well, not quite. There are actually different types of fires and different types of extinguishers that respond best to each one. So, which is... more

Keeping Boat Insurance Afloat in the Off Season

May 19 2016 Summer is over, and youve taken your boat out of the water. To save a few dollars, you cancel your boat insurance. After all, what could possibly happen to your baby while it's hibernating? A lot, according to... more

Seven Tips To Finding The Right Commercial Auto Policy

May 12 2016 Finding a good deal on commercial auto insurance is about more than finding the lowest rateits about finding the best all-around coverage to suit your companys needs. Understanding what coverages and service... more

Don't Let Equipment Breakdown Break You!

May 5 2016 One of the most common misconceptions business owners have about the equipment they own is that the manufacturer's warranty will cover anything that goes wrong. Or that because they have insurance, their equipment... more

How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Rates

Apr 28 2016 In today's world of increased repair costs, medical expenses, theft claim payments, and injury lawsuits, the costs of auto insurance are adding up. We'll do everything we can to keep your auto insurance affordable,... more

Seven Shopping Strategies For New Car Buyers

Apr 21 2016 New car shopping can be a lot of fun, especially if youre a car enthusiast. But others can find the experience stressful and tedious. Either way, theres a lot to think about. According to a survey of car shoppers,... more

Tips To Ensure Your ATV Is Properly Covered

Apr 14 2016 When it comes to your all-terrain vehicle (ATV), it pays to keep your feet on the ground when it comes to insuring it. You may think its covered by your home-owners policy, but are you really protected? Your toy... more

Finding a Home Insurance Appraiser

Apr 7 2016 Customers often ask us how much it would cost to replace their home, without realizing that we are not in the position to give these estimates. While no one knows your home better than you do, a professional... more

Shopping for Auto Safety--Features to Consider

Mar 31 2016 What specific features do you look for when buying a vehicle? If you're like most auto buyers of the '90s, safety equipment is a major concern. A safe vehicle not only protects you and your family, but can also... more

Better Boating

Mar 24 2016 Tips For Smooth Sailing This Season Before you take that first pleasure cruise or fishing trip of the season, make sure your boat insurance is shipshape. Insuring a boat is different than insuring a car or home.... more

Be Prepared for Emergency Evacuations

Mar 17 2016 If authorities ordered an immediate evacuation, would you and your employees know what to do? The American Red Cross offers several suggestions that are appropriate home-and business-owners alike, such as keeping a... more

Avoid Storm Danger and Damage with Proper Tree Maintenance

Mar 10 2016 "A tree is a living thing, and its integrity and stability changes over time. Don't assume that a tree that has survived ten severe storms will necessarily survive its eleventh."           -National Arborist... more

Monitor Underground Storage Tanks

Mar 3 2016 If your business uses underground tanks to store petroleum fuels or other hazardous products, you need to remember that you face unique potential liabilities. Limit those liabilities by taking action to prevent... more

Check Coverage Before Buying for Students

Feb 25 2016 All across the nation students have packed up their trunks, tape decks and textbooks and have moved into college dormitories. For parents looking to save some insurance dollars, making a quick check of their... more

Personal Or Commercial Car Insurance: Which Is Right For You?

Feb 18 2016 If, like many Americans, your family car is also used for purposes that could be considered commercial use, you may want to steer yourself into a chair and look over your insurance policy. Youll need to consider... more

Insurance for "20-somethings"

Feb 11 2016 "What, you mean I have to deal with insurance now?!" This exclamation can be commonly heard among "20-somethings" upon entering the "real" world. The realization of this new responsibility of having insurance is... more

Don't Let an Office Party End Up On the Rocks

Feb 4 2016 The United States celebrates several holidays, and many companies use them as times for social gatherings with employees and their families. If alcohol is part of the bill of fare at the office party or picnic,... more

Motorcycle Insurance 101:The Essentials

Jan 28 2016 A motorcycle is a significant investment. Before you get your motor running and head out on the highway this season, you owe it to yourself to make sure your insurance is up-to-date and youre properly covered. Just... more

Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

Jan 21 2016 Lead - You can't see it, taste it or smell it. But without knowing it, you may have lead in the dust, paint or soil in and around your home - even in your drinking water or food. And because it does not break down... more

Be Prepared for Unexpected VANDALISM

Jan 14 2016 Imagine this: you've arrived at your storefront, ready to open the shop for the day, and you realize that this morning you're not the first to arrive. Vandals have destroyed the interior and much of the... more

Keep Your Cool While On The Road

Jan 7 2016 With so many people on the road during peak vacation months, it may be a good time to brush up on what you should do in the event youre involved in a crash. Here are some tips from The Progressive Group of... more

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