Witness the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Sourced by the Insurance Journal.
In response to the effects of Hurricane Michael, Taylor Agency will be closed Thursday, October 11th. We will return to normal business at 8:30am on Friday, October 12th.
Taylor Agency will close at noon on Tuesday, September 11th for the mandatory evacuation of Hurricane Florence. We will return to normal business at 8:30am on Monday, September 17th. Visit our Hurricane Resource Center for critical information you need right now.
Meteorologists have projected that this hurricane season will have average to above average activity. That may not seem so bad at first, but it only takes one storm to cause damage, disruption, or devastation. With hurricane season here, it is the time to make sure that your home is properly protected. Here are some things to remember:
Call your agent! Every homeowner’s policy is different because no two homes are alike. Different policies include different coverages. It is best to call your agent to make sure what is covered and what is not.
Know that Wind and Hail coverage and Hurricane coverage are similar, but have their differences. Wind and Hail coverage will cover any type of storm with wind or hail. Hurricane coverage will only provide coverage for named storms or hurricanes. They also have different deductibles. Taylor Agency will automatically include wind and hail or hurricane coverage in your policy.
Don’t forget a flood policy! Hurricanes and named storms can bring heavy rains and flooding. Just last year, Hurricane Harvey hit the United States causing $125 billion in damage (National Hurricane Center) coming only second to Hurricane Katrina in costs. Flood policies are not included but must be added if you want protection. The standard FEMA flood policy requires a 30 day waiting period. Unfortunately, a flood policy cannot be bound if a named storm or hurricane has developed before or during the 30-day waiting period. Even if you are not in a flood zone, keep in mind that if it can rain, then it can flood.
Talk about deductibles! Prior to a named storm or hurricane making landfall, be sure to find out what kind of deductibles your policies have. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may end up being less expensive to make the repairs yourself rather than paying the deductible. In the event that you have damage, talk to your agent to see what the best plan of action is for you and your family.
The first day of summer, June 21, is swiftly approaching. The pool begins to beckon and the grills get fired up. With the weather promoting these activities, we decided to share some tips and guidelines to help you play safely!
The Pool Party
While pools can keep you cool during the summer and give the kids something to do, they also increase your liability risk. The first thing you should do when purchasing a house with a pool or making plans to install a pool is to talk with your insurance agent. Ask about an umbrella policy as an added layer of protection. To find out more information, call Taylor agency today to speak with
one of our agents.
Some safety tips for your pool are as follows:
- Establish safety rules! Everyone sees the rules posted at a public pool. Why wouldn’t you post safety rules at home?
- Educate yourself on swim safety. Learning rescue skills and CPR can be the difference between life and death someday.
- Installing a fence can help prevent unwanted pool guests or deter moseying toddlers from entering the pool unsupervised.
- Account for the weather. Just because the pool water is cool doesn’t always mean that it is safe to be outside. Stay hydrated and monitor the temperature when swimming. Don’t stay in the heat for too long to avoid heat stress.
Fire is responsible for some of the most severe damages to homes and other structures according to the Insurance Information Institute. In particular, grill fires are responsible for millions of dollars in damages, about 100 injuries, and around 10 deaths annually. Nearly 60% of grill fires occur during the summer months of May, June, July, and August with the leading cause being mechanical failure or malfunction. (U.S. Fire Administration).
Here are some safety measures you can take:
- Maintain your grill! Checking for leaks, blockages, or other broken elements can help prevent malfunctioning equipment.
- While using your grill, keeping it on a level surface and not moving it can help prevent the grill from tipping over and causing a fire.
- Be sure that you have the proper tools on you or nearby. Wearing protective gear like mittens and an apron can help prevent burns while keeping a fire extinguisher nearby can assist in putting out an unwanted fire.
- When you have finished with your grill, make sure that it has completely cooled before storing it away. See your specific grill instructions for proper storage.
As always, speak to your insurance agent about the coverage you have concerning pools and grills. After you have established safety measures and protective plans, enjoy your summer!
With Charleston, SC ranked as the #1 travel destination internationally for the past two years by Travel Magazine, tons of snowbirds “flock” to the Holy City from all across the nation during the winter months. For you snowbirds headed our way, here’s how to winterize your home while you are away from home! Happy “nesting” to you during the Holidays!