Top Ten Fourth of July Safety Tips

For 243 years, Americans have marked the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks and backyard barbecues. We’re here to help you ensure the smoothest celebration for both activities with our top ten Fourth of July safety tips.

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Bug Prevention Strategies for Homeowners

In an effort to avoid unwanted infestations during the warmer months, The National Pest Management Association advises homeowners that pest-proofing practices should become part of your annual spring cleaning routine. You can keep common critters at bay by adding a few simple steps to your checklist.

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Dig Safe: It’s the Law in Massachusetts

As the ground begins to thaw, many homeowners’ thoughts turn to their yards and gardens, which is why April is Safe Digging Month. If any of your outdoor projects involve digging more than a couple inches into the ground, you’ll need to take precautions to dig safe.

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Tenant Troubles: What You Need To Know

No matter if you’re a landlord or a renter, the housing market can be difficult to navigate. A landlord needs to take proper steps to ensure they find the right tenant and are protected should a situation arise. A renter should ask the appropriate questions to locate and secure the space that’s right for them.

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Taking a Home Inventory

No one wants to imagine serious damage to their home, much less its total loss, but that unfortunate (though unlikely) potential makes homeowners insurance a necessity of life. And when you purchase coverage, it’s important to make sure all those personal belongings count—literally. That’s the critical purpose of a home inventory.

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Landlord insurance: don’t rent out without it

Know how to protect your rental property. When you buy a home, you buy homeowners insurance—usually. The exception? When the home you own isn’t for you to occupy. Rental property, whether a single-family home or one split into multiple units, is a whole different ballgame in terms of insurance. Although one or more parties call the place home, homeowners insurance

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Planning a DIY project? Don’t Injure Yourself…

Before you measure twice, think twice—and consider the implications Across the nation, it’s happening every day. Executives and editors channeling their inner electrician. Stockbrokers and sous chefs playing professional plumber. Teachers, office managers, personal trainers and innumerable others embarking on a serious building endeavor. And, in many cases, insurance agents cringing for them. Yes, it’s a DIY world out there,

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‘Tis the season to think safety

Not every holiday fire is so delightful

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… candles in the window… despite the lovely images they may elicit, some traditional holiday lyrics should carry a disclaimer: Don’t try this at home!

We’re not trying to dampen spirits (honest!); on the contrary, we want everyone to enjoy a season that’s merry and bright. We just want to make sure the source of that brightness is a safe and well-controlled one. Many of the classic joys we associate with winter holidays—candles, decorative lights, indoor greenery and plenty of home cooking—are also classic fire hazards, making fire safety a key consideration this time of year.

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Give thanks, stay safe

 Simple safety measures make for a happily memorable Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans fall into one of two categories: the travelers and the hosts. As to which represents the smaller piece of the furcula (better known as the wishbone; #TurkeyTrivia), that depends heavily on whom you ask. Some would rather spend hours crawling a highway than days cleaning

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