Garden Water Conservation

It’s gardening season in California but with a potential drought coming water usage is a growing concern. Even if conditions aren’t dry at the moment, it’s a good idea to think about how you use this precious natural resource — and how you can use it more wisely. Here are five great tips from your…

3 Important Things to Know About Fire Extinguishers

Whether your Bay Area home is a three-story Tudor, a skyline-grazing apartment or an RV on wheels, you need at least one fire extinguisher for it. But if you don’t have the right one, or you haven’t checked it recently, you may have a false sense of security rather than a fire-fighting device. There are…

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Last week’s unprecedented and deadly storm in Texas was all the proof we needed here in California that anything can happen. It’s always best to be prepared for the worst. What You Need in an Emergency Kit You never know when a natural disaster is going to hit the Bay Area — or even just…

Are you Protected by Wildfire Defense Systems?

In California, there are a few insurance companies that automatically include enrollment into a Wildfire Defense Program in designated high-risk wildfire locations for their homeowner’s insurance policy holders.  The program can provide crews to remove overgrown vegetation, fuel tanks or trash from the property. They may also use temporary sprinkler systems or fire engines and,…

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

We know how delightful a warm fire is in the winter months. Cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa and reading your favorite book. However, as the temperature drops the risk of a house fire rises. Renters especially need to be aware of the coverage that they have for personal belongings since this is…

Preparing an Effective Evacuation Plan

In the event of a sudden emergency such as a wildfire, you may have just minutes to gather your family and important papers, and get out of your house, possibly for good. Are you prepared? With preparation and practice, you stand the best chance of getting out with what you and your family need, and…

Do You Need an Umbrella Policy?

If you have assets to protect, it is essential you buy an umbrella policy to cover your home and auto insurance policies. Claims can arise from many different situations. The below list are true-life stories that can easily happen to anyone. Auto Insurance Claims. A policyholder’s child loses control on a highway overpass. The car…

5 Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey This Thanksgiving

Those in California who have tasted deep-fried turkey usually say there’s simply no comparison to an oven-roasted bird — turkey out of the fryer is moist, with crispy skin and a beautiful color. And, it cooks much more quickly than a turkey in the oven, which means you don’t have to wait for hours on…

Last Minute Wildfire Preparation

If you are in an area with a sudden wildfire, or have a friend or family member who is, please follow this last minute checklist. Stay safe out there, California!

4th of July Safety Tips

Severe burns, amputations, blindness, and, in some cases, deaths are often the result of 4th of July celebrations. CAL FIRE’s Office of the State Fire Marshal has the following tips: ▪ Local ordinances should be verified before purchasing and/or using fireworks. ▪ Always read directions. ▪ Always have an adult present. ▪ Use fireworks outdoors…