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Is there an unknown fire hazard in your electrical panel?

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 2, 2017 10:06:28 AM

The electrical load on a household has significantly increased in the last 50 years. Today most people have at least one computer, several televisions, gaming systems, cell phones … all requiring electricity. According to the US Census Bureau, more than half the homes in the US were constructed before 1970, before many of these modern conveniences were invented. Amy Justman, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain if your house is at risk.

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Prevent garage hazards from harming your family

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With nicer weather on the way, we'll start seeing a flurry of activity in our neighborhoods. Neighbors will begin walking/running, grilling out, and starting yard cleanup to deal with what Mother Nature left behind.

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Car Infotainment Centers: Safety Feature or Distraction?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 18, 2017 9:19:50 AM

On your drive home from work, are you reviewing your evening activities on your calendar, texting your friend, or speaking with your spouse on the phone? If so, you're being a distracted driver which can be deadly.

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Storm damage to your trees or shrubs - Is there coverage?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 11, 2017 9:15:50 AM

Picture this. You're outside in your yard enjoying a beautiful spring day. As you feel the warm, gentle wind start to get a little stronger, you notice dark clouds approaching. Now the trees begin to sway with the strong gusts of wind. Before you know it, you hear loud crackling sounds and some of the trees in your yard snap and hit the ground. The storm quickly passes, but leaves a trail of damage behind. Nancy Arndt, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain what your insurance policy may cover.

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What everyone should know about tornadoes

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 4, 2017 10:02:53 AM

In the early morning hours of April 4, 1981, a F4 tornado unexpectedly struck West Bend, Wisconsin. The tornado caused 3 fatalities, 53 injuries and $25 million in damages. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service only issued a severe thunderstorm warning so the tornado sirens never sounded. The storm that produced the tornado didn't display typical characteristics.

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Don’t get tricked by these identity theft tax scams

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 28, 2017 8:44:42 AM

Is tax season your favorite time of year? Do you enjoy filling out those forms? The answer for most of us is a resounding "NO!" If your filing isn't complicated or you're getting a large refund, however, tax time may not be a big deal. Maybe you're like my wife and me. We're always relieved when everything has been filed and it turns out okay.

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Dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire. Do you have one?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 21, 2017 8:34:06 AM

There are millions of dehumidifiers in homes across the country. A dehumidifier takes the moisture out of the air and keeps our homes dry. They work extremely hard in spring and summer.

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What to know about protecting your identity when traveling

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 14, 2017 9:20:50 AM

If you live in a cold weather climate, spring break can be the highlight of your year. Traveling to a warmer climate for some rest, relaxation, and warm sun can be rejuvenating.

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Thinking of buying an older home?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 7, 2017 9:21:58 AM

Do you plan to buy an older home because it has character or as an investment? In either case, make sure you pay attention to the type of wiring. Nancy Arndt, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain the problems with old wiring.

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Five common appliances that cause house fires

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 28, 2017 8:51:53 AM

Our homes today are filled with electronics and appliances that make our lives easier and provide us with entertainment. DVD players, big screen TVs, video game systems, and cable/satellite TV boxes overload our electrical outlets and fill up our entertainment centers.

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