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Halloween Safety 2016

October 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Halloween Safety 2016

 

We all enjoy seeing little ghosts & goblins going from house to house looking for Halloween treats, but there are some things to keep in mind to make the holiday safe. Today we shared this article from the CDC on being safe at Halloween.

Matt also found this video on YouTube of a Halloween safety film from 1977, check it out as many of the items discussed are relevant today!

 

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Water Prevention

October 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Water Prevention

 

One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured home.

At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we know you want to protect what’s important. That’s why we’re offering these tips to help you prevent many of the most common causes of water damage. Just a little time and some effort can prevent a lot of heartache and hassle.

Make sure your water pressure is not set too high. For just $6 or so, you can purchase a gauge that will help you test your pressure for the appropriate level, which should be set between 60 and 80 PSI.
Standard hoses on new appliances are not as durable as they used to be. So check your appliances. If they’re rubber, either replace them with longer lasting stainless steel braided hoses or replace them every three years.
Keep water from leaking into the walls or floor of your bathroom by replacing cracked tiles and re-grouting when it’s needed.
Examine the shingles on your roof. Worn, curled or missing shingles allow water in, so replace them as soon as noticed.
Consider buying a water alarm, which can help you find leaks, or automatic shut-off mechanisms, which can help avoid bursts.
A lot of water damage occurs when you and your family are away from home.  Make a practice to avoid running the washing machine or dishwasher while you’re out.
When you leave for vacations, turn off the water supply to appliances.
Keep up maintenance on all appliance hoses, because slow leaks from worn out hoses can cause major damage (and they are not covered under Homeowners insurance).

At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we hope these pointers will ensure your house stays nice and dry this year!

Contact Us!

At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

 

*Content provided by Safeco Insurance Company

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Pet Tips for Fall

October 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Pet Tips for Fall

 With the changing of the leaves, the cooler weather, fall is a time to prepare for the upcoming winter season. One member of the family that seems to be neglected as far as preparations is your pet. Several websites have articles with tips on preparing your pet for the upcoming seasons.

  • Beware of ticks. Summer isn’t the only season to be concerned with ticks on yourself or your pet. It may be fun to crash through the fall leaf piles, but ticks could lurk within them. Make sure you are still using a tick repellent.
  • Watch your usage of pesticides and anti-freeze. Homeowners often use pesticides around their homes to prevent unwanted winter guests. Be sure to keep rodent & insect poison away from areas where your pet has access to, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Anti-freeze has a sickly-sweet smell/taste that pets will be attracted to, be sure to clean up any spills when filling/topping off the anti-freeze in your vehicles.
  • Maintain your pet’s coat of fur. Many pets begin shedding in the fall to allow for their winter coat to come in. Brush your pet as often as possible and avoid cutting your pet’s coat too short.
  • Watch out for mushrooms and other fungi, pets often mistake the multi-colored plants for food and could end up very sick.
  • With the upcoming holidays, be aware of the treats associated with the seasons. Chocolate, grapes, raw bread dough, turkey/chicken bones, etc. are not good for animals to consume.
  • Be wary of the temperature both inside and outside, making sure your animal keeps warm but not too warm. Also make sure they have adequate food & water, water consumption doesn’t decrease due to the weather cooling off!

Check out the following articles for more tips on keeping your pet safe this fall/winter!:

PetHub’s 10 Fall Pet Safety Tips

ASPCA’s Autumn Safety Tips

Better Homes & Gardens Fall Pet-Care Tips

PetHealthCare Network’s Top Pet Health Tips

 

Contact Us!

At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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