Friday, February 17, 2017

Original Fire Insurance Policy

Today when you receive your homeowner policy in the mail it comes as a thick packet usually about 40-50 pages in depth.  Each year the policy renews, you get a similar package delivered to you.  On and on this goes until you sell your current house and then get another.  Once again, however, as you setup your homeowner policy on the new house you get yet another 40-50 page packet.  I mention this because it was not always this way.  Like every other industry, things used to be simpler.  The photo that is with this article is of a fire policy dating back to 1833 that hangs in our office.  During the time of this policy there was only one page to the insurance packet.  It held the logo of the insurance company on the top and then the rest of it was the contract language.  When you sold your home you did not go out and purchase another policy.  Instead you would go get the insurance policy from the prior homeowner and have it signed over to you.  If you look closely at the photo you will see where there is writing all around the document which shows the different transfers of ownership.  Ah, the simpler times.

One thing to note though, this policy only covered you for fire.  Damage from wind, theft, water leaks, liability, etc. had not been invented yet.  Though they were simpler times the coverage was not nearly as good as it is today.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


A risk that is not addressed by many businesses in this era of technology is protecting data.  Whether that data is your own data or that of your clients, it constantly stands at risk of theft or corruption.  We always recommend taking risk management action such as firewalls, strong passwords, management of mobile devices, etc.  However, one other risk management action we recommend is the purchase of insurance that will cover your business for network data breaches, electronic copy write infringements and computer viruses.  We strongly recommend this to businesses that deal with Personal Identifiable Information (PII) which are things like dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, credit card information, financial information and health information.    

Your typical liability and property insurance policies do not have the type of coverage that best protect your business if you were subject to a cyber-attack or stolen data.  There are specialty policies built to help keep your business going after such claims.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Driver Safe Using New Technology

There is a lot of new technology in cars to help keep you safe when driving on the road.  These tech features are only good if you know how to use them when driving.  Here is a video put together by Travelers insurance to help educate you on a few tips.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Our best tips to help your property withstand winter


If you haven’t made preparations already, now might be your last chance to get your home or business in shape before the coldest months of the year. Here are our best tips for commercial property owners and homeowners that can help you prevent damage from the worst that winter has to offer.
A well-maintained building is ready for winter
Buildings protect us from the elements but, like people, are not immune to seasonal change. Take action to help protect your commercial building from the effects of winter. Your efforts now will keep you and your customers more comfortable later.
Here are some tips for owners of commercial buildings covering general building maintenance; snow and ice removal and management; and frozen pipe prevention. More
Let it flow! Let it flow! Let it flow!
Did you know that letting your most weather-susceptible faucets drip during periods of extreme cold can keep your water pipes from freezing? Don’t let cold weather ice your pipes this winter!
Because liquid expands as it freezes, pipes full of water are vulnerable, and those outdoors or running against exterior walls are especially susceptible. With a few preventive steps, you can save the expense and bother of burst pipes and water damage. More
First aid for frozen pipes – steps to prevent more problems
There’s plenty of cold weather ahead of us – enough to freeze pipes, causing costly water damage at your home or business.
If you suspect you have a frozen pipe – you’ve turned on the faucet, but no water comes out – call a qualified plumber immediately. Shut off the main water valve, and leave the faucets open until repairs are made. If a pipe has burst, take the necessary steps to prevent further damage, and contact your insurance agent to file a claim. More