Safety

March 28, 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips from The Wickstrand Insurance Agency Of course, because spring is a time for new beginnings, cleaning and organization around the house are very popular this time of year. If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore, read on for some helpful information. (And if you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for you, well, keep that to yourself! Unless you want your friends and neighbors to be jealous, that is.) Take it one room at a time. Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently. Follow the six-month rule. Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (with the exception of seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or […]
March 3, 2017

Yard Work Safety

Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t let your landscaping efforts land you in the hospital! Follow these handy safety tips. Tool safety tips from the U.S. CPSC Dress appropriately. To protect yourself from debris when using lawn tools, wear eye protection, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, close-fitting clothes and no jewelry. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and ear plugs may be appropriate depending on how loud the device is. Before starting, remove objects from your work area that could cause injury or damage, such as sticks, glass or stones. Keep children indoors and supervised […]
February 3, 2017

Taking a spring break? Keep your home safe while you’re away

TOPIC: Homeowners safety while on vacation For many, the winter months are a welcome time to escape the short days and chilly temperatures by heading on vacation. And is there a better way to celebrate the end of winter than to take a spring break? Whether you’re going to hang out at in the mountains, bask on a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding, you have to take precautions to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. After all, what could be worse than returning from a relaxing break or an active adventure to find a disaster has occurred, such as a break-in, or water or fire damage? To ensure your vacation doesn’t end in tragedy, follow these tips before you go. Check for any leaks and fix them. For example, ensure your refrigerator icemaker is not leaking! Set your […]
August 3, 2016

Motorcycle Storage

Putting away your motorcycle for the fall and winter You’ve seen them out there – the hard-core riders who hop on their motorcycles in the rain and the cold and hit the road. There are also plenty of riders who limit their road time to the spring and summer. After all, riding is about enjoying yourself. If you’re going to put your bike away for the colder months, make sure you do it right. These tips will help ensure your ride is ready to go when our days start getting longer and the weather starts getting warmer.   Keep it covered Ideally, motorcycles should be garaged when put into storage. If you don’t have that option, make sure you have a breathable cover designed for motorcycles to protect it from the elements. Tarps or cotton sheets can trap moisture against the vehicle, which can let mildew or rust build up.   […]
February 3, 2017

Taking a spring break? Keep your home safe while you’re away

TOPIC: Homeowners safety while on vacation For many, the winter months are a welcome time to escape the short days and chilly temperatures by heading on vacation. And is there a better way to celebrate the end of winter than to take a spring break? Whether you’re going to hang out at in the mountains, bask on a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding, you have to take precautions to ensure your home stays safe while you’re away. After all, what could be worse than returning from a relaxing break or an active adventure to find a disaster has occurred, such as a break-in, or water or fire damage? To ensure your vacation doesn’t end in tragedy, follow these tips before you go. Check for any leaks and fix them. For example, ensure your refrigerator icemaker is not leaking! Set your […]