Freezing temps may wreak havoc at home
The freezing temperatures are back, following a brief warm-up, here in New England and that is causing problems for many homeowners. Frozen pipes, breaking under the pressure of expansion, and then thawing has cause not only flooded basements, but also loss of water flow. There are ways to prevent this from happening, however, if you are in the midst of a crisis the we understand your priority is in filing the claim. It’s best to understand what is covered under your policy, and how much of the damage is covered. Read more in our recent blog.
Safety Tips For Walking on Ice
Residents and vacationers visiting frozen waterways and lakes are being warned about the dangers of stepping onto the ice. If you plan a frozen lake visit, here are some tips to help keep you safe:
- Never step on ice that is less than three inches thick, or never use a snowmobile on less than five inches.
- Never visit and walk on a frozen lake alone. Visit with a friend and stay a safe distance apart. Wear a life vest and don’t go on the ice when it’s dark.
- Don’t assume that a lake that was frozen and safe this time last year will be okay this time around.
- Scan the frozen area for dark patches, which shows where the ice is thinner.
- Carry a couple of ice picks that you can use to haul yourself out, and a strong cord that could be used to rescue others.
Your Most Dangerous Rooms
Which would you say are the most dangerous rooms in your home?
It’s a trick question because dangers actually lurk in almost every corner of our homes, from trip-and-slip hazards like appliance cords and loose areas rugs, to bacteria and hot cook-tops in the kitchen, and medicine cabinets and slippery tubs in the bathroom.
Now, a new report from Cleveland Clinic also pinpoints how toxic chemicals are found around many parts of our homes. While you almost certainly know about risks connected with chemical products in the garage, laundry room and bathroom, you might be surprised to know there could be big dangers in your living room.
For example, air fresheners contain irritants to the eyes, throat, skin and lungs, as does furniture polish. Mothballs in the bedroom, household foggers and mildew removers are also potential health threats.
Let’s Hit the Trail – Snowmobile Season
Snowmobile season is well underway, and recent snowfall partnered with a slight warming trend, make it a perfect weekend to hit the trails. If you are one who looks forward to zipping through miles of paths while taking in picturesque views of New Hampshire, we want to help keep you out there – safely.
Snowmobiles are built for speed, which is part of the fun and excitement. Unfortunately, speed is also a major factor in many sled accidents. Taking a few safety precautions each and every ride, can keep you and your group making the most of the trails long into the season.
The most weathered riders understand the dangers associated with improper handing and usage of snowmobiles, including hidden obstacles, icy conditions and excessive speed. Ensure safety while riding by reviewing this safety checklist and keeping these in mind. Read the latest blog.
Flat-pack furniture retailer IKEA has re-announced the recall of 17 million chests of drawers and dressers because of potential tip-over dangers. The firm has received almost 300 reports of tip-overs, with eight reports of deaths and more than 140 injuries.
The main items are MALM model furniture but many other models sold between 2002 and June 2016, are also being recalled. For more information, owners should visit tinyurl.com/ikea-recall-details
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