Make Your House Safe For Trick-Or-Treaters

Make Your House Safe For Trick-Or-Treaters 

 Halloween is fast approaching. All kids love to dress up, get together with friends, and go door-to-door hoping to find the full size candy bar.

A little pre-planning can prevent unfortunate accidents that could turn out to be tragic for kids and trying for you. Here are some pointers for ensuring your house is a safe place for trick-or-treaters on Oct. 31.

Pets first. Dogs, cats, and other furry family companions get scared when oddly dressed strangers approach their door in droves. Make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable space or take them to a secure, relaxing offsite location for the evening.

 Clean up your yard. If your yard gathers stuff – like toys, rakes and other yard tools, hoses, tree branches, you name it – take the time to clean it up. Make sure your yard is free of potential hazards and create a clutter-free walking path well before dusk falls this Halloween.

Are all your lights working? Make sure you offer a well-lit path.

Candles. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table.

Turn it off. When you’re done for the night, make it obvious by turning any and all inviting lights off.

Decorations. Don’t go overboard with decorations, they can cause fires and injuries.

Safety tips for kids

Never, ever go into a house

Go with friends

Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child

Only go to homes with a porch light on

Plan costumes that are bright and reflective

Don’t eat homemade food

Look at all wrapped candy, if it has been opened toss it out

Use a flashlight

 

 

Can You Live Without Disaster Insurance?

Can You Live Without Disaster Insurance?

Human caused disasters and natural disasters occur in every state. California has earthquakes and wildfires, Colorado has flooding and wildfires, the Northeast has winter storms and high winds, Florida has flooding and hurricanes, and the Midwest has flooding and tornados.

Insurance And Disasters

It is safe to say that most business and homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover the risks associated with disasters. The only exception would be damage caused by wildfires. Let’s look at how insurance might apply to other disasters.

Floods— Only 13% of U.S. homeowners had flood-insurance policies last year according to the Insurance Information Institute, a trade group. Flood insurance must be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program. We can help you if you need the coverage.

Earthquake— While earthquakes occur mainly in certain areas, there are registered earthquakes in every state, every year. Earthquake insurance also must be added or purchased under a separate policy.

Tornadoes— Damage from tornadoes typically is covered, since it usually is considered wind damage.

Mudslides— A standard home insurance policy does not protect your home against damage caused by a mudslide. Mudslides are usually defined as ground movement. Heavy rains that cause a mudflow would typically be covered.

Heavy Snow and Winter Storms— Winter storms and snow damage is covered under a typical homeowner’s policy. If flooding occurs, then the flood damage would be covered.

Hail— Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for losses resulting from hail.

Wildfires— It can be safe to say that all homeowner’s insurance covers loss resulting from a fire. Wildfires are considered a fire and would be covered.

Coverage disclaimer–the information provided here is for general purposes only. It is not our intent to change or modify insurance coverage. Each insurance policy is different and your individual coverage will be determined by the terms of your insurance policy.

 

Will Your Personal Insurance Be There For You When You Need It?

A Personal Insurance Update

As we move into 2019, it is important to take stock of your personal insurance program.  Many different life events can affect your personal insurance.  Having the right kind of personal insurance can make a big difference if, and when, you ever have a claim.  Please call our office for an insurance review.

What Should Be Part of Your 2019 Personal Insurance Planning?

Should I consider a personal umbrella policy?

Is my home valued correctly?

Do I need to add or remove any drivers?

Have my life insurance needs changed?

Things That Can Affect Your Insurance

Marital status.

Children in college.

Purchase of a new vehicle, ATV, motorcycle, or boat.

Planned foreign travel.

Purchased any items of value like art, guns, or jewelry.

Starting a home-based business.

Purchasing a vacation home.

Using your home as rental income.

If you call us, one of our team members will help you find the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.  Our agents have access to more carriers, and that means that they have more options, including multiple policy discounts and preferred premium pricing.

There Are Many Ways to Get Discounts on Your Auto Insurance

An Auto Insurance Update

Everyone likes to get the best possible combination of price and coverage on their auto insurance.  For the most part, your auto insurance is based on your driving record and the type of vehicle insured.  There are a few things you can control when it comes to purchasing auto insurance.  Many insurers offer a variety of discounts that can affect your auto insurance premium savings.  Discounts may vary from insurer to insurer.

Good student discount. For teen drivers, this can save hundreds of dollars. Typically, if your student maintains an A or B average, the discount will apply.

Multi-policy discounts. Most insurance providers offer discounts to customers who carry more than one line of insurance with them.

Drivers education courses. Many insurers offer discount if drivers have taken driver’s education courses.

Military discount. Many insurers offer discounts for military service.

Equipment discounts. If your vehicle has special safety equipment, you may be eligible for discounts.

Call our office for more information on how these discounts may apply to your situation.

How to Save Money on Your Auto Insurance

 

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car in Texas, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to our office There are many ways to lower your auto insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Use an independent agent to provide a quote. We are an independent and has access to many markets that provide competitive premiums on auto insurance.

Multi-vehicle discount (if you have more than one vehicle on the policy).

You can receive discounts if you combine your home and auto with the same carrier.

Good student discount.

Good driver discounts.

Consider raising your collision and comprehensive deductibles if your vehicles are older.

Customer loyalty- if you stay with a company for a period of time, you can receive discounts each year.

Drive safely and don’t get tickets.

Consider insurance when making your car purchase. Some vehicles are more expensive to insure.

A Personal Insurance Guide

When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

Items To Consider (you may need insurance for some of these)

Bought a new car or sold a car

Changed your marital status

Bought a boat, RV or ATV

Change of address

Welcomed a new baby into the family

Major inheritance

Have a new teen driver in the family

Child headed off to college

Purchased second home

Planned foreign travel

Started a home based business

I now drive my personal car for work

Personal Insurance

Review my insurance to make sure I have the right coverage

Take the time to read my insurance policies

Does my independent agent have all my correct information, including new phone number, address, and newly purchased property?

Make sure I have identity theft insurance

Do I have enough life insurance?

Do I need life insurance for my spouse?

Business Insurance Has Risks

We Help You Understand the Risk vs. Reward

We understand that your business is unique.  You serve people first, and foremost.  Just because you are a small business does not mean you are exempt from litigation.  Commercial Liability Insurance from Jewell Insurance offers protection to your businesses.  It covers claims from property damage and/or bodily injury to a third party caused by your business operations, or from your premises.  This general liability coverage may also provide for the legal defense of the insured.

General Liability Insurance should be the foundation of your insurance program.  General Liability Insurance provides the following coverage:

Bodily Injury – Bodily Injury to a third party.

Property Damage – Damage to a third party’s property (equipment building etc.).

Personal Injury – Injury to the mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.

Advertising Liability – Damages arising out of advertising, libel, slander, or invasion of privacy.

Products and Completed Operations – Liability arising out of products or business operations and services conducted, excluding professional services.

Premises – Covers liability arising out of injury to third parties while on your premises.

Medical Payments – A general liability coverage that reimburses others, without regard to the insured’s liability, for bodily injury while on your premises.

General Liability Insurance is designed to cover defense costs as well as judgments.  It is an important part of your recommended insurance program.

 

Are You Covered if you Rent out Part of Your Home Through Home-Sharing Networks?

A Personal Insurance Update

More and more people are deciding to rent out a room to third parties through home-sharing networks. This can be a good way to make extra money to help you pay your mortgage or other expenses. Many people still do not understand if their homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for this exposure.  Do you know who is liable if your renter is hurt while on your premises?

Here are facts that may help you decide if you want to rent out a room or your second home:

If you have a rental, you are not covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.

Some home-sharing companies may offer coverage, but there could be coverage gaps.

There may be no coverage for injury to your neighbor’s property, injury to your neighbor, theft of your property, or stolen items.

It is best to check with our office about the coverage options you may need based on your individual circumstances.  Our goal will be to provide the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.

Have You Considered These Types of Insurance?

 

A personal Insurance Update

People buy insurance to protect their assets from loss.  Typically, that includes homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, life insurance, and a personal health policy.  However, there are other kinds of personal insurance that you may not have considered.  A balanced personal insurance program may consist of some of the following kinds of coverage.

Earthquake or flood insurance. Depending on where you live, you may need to consider this kind of disaster insurance.

Home based business insurance. If you operate a business from home, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover this.  You will need a business insurance policy.

Sewer backup coverage. Your homeowner’s insurance will cover water damage from a cracked pipe (per the terms of your policy), but if your sewer is backed up from outside your home, you may have a gap in coverage.

Personal umbrella. A personal umbrella policy will provide limits of coverage over and above your homeowner’s and auto insurance.  If you own a boat, pool, ATV, or own your home, you may want to consider a personal umbrella policy.

Identity theft. Identity theft insurance covers your out of pocket expenses such as legal fees and other expenses to clear up your personal records.

Prom and Graduation Safety

This is the time of year when graduation parties and proms are in full swing. We congratulate all graduates on a job well done. High school is full of defining moments for Bay Area teens and two of the highlights for most are prom and graduation. We want your celebration to be a happy and safe one, so here are a few tips.

Teen driving tips to keep prom and graduation safe

However, this time of year often sees other, more tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

First, encourage your teen to follow these general safe-driving rules:
Absolutely no alcohol
Always use seat belts
No cell phone use (including texting) while driving

Special circumstances

Of course, special events such as prom and graduation often present special circumstances. There may be dinner with dates before the dance and parties before or after either event. It’s a good idea to discuss your expectations well before each event, putting some guidelines into place before your teen heads out for the night. Here are some ideas:

Make sure you know the itinerary of the evening, as well as who else will be with your teen. You should have contact information for everyone.

Have a way to contact your teen at all times. You may want to require them to check in with you once or twice over the course of the evening.

Set a curfew, whether they are coming back to your home or staying with a friend. If they are staying elsewhere, make sure the curfew will be enforced by a responsible adult.

Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as facing pressure to drink, or accepting a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. It’s a good idea to provide your child with money for a taxi just in case.

Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening.

If you’re worried about your teen driving, consider alternate transportation. A car service or limousine will provide a responsible, experienced adult driver. You also will be able to limit changes to the itinerary and contact the driver.