Category: Winter Safety

’tis the Season… for Holiday Fire Safety

Don’t Get Burned this Holiday Season According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas tree fires caused $14.8 million in direct property damage between 2011-2015.  On average, one out of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death.  Thankfully, our friends at Belfor Property Restoration have compiled a list of holiday […]

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The Clock is Ticking for Holiday Baking

Looking for some new ideas for your holiday cookie tray?  This week was Forest Agency Insurance’s 10th Annual Cookie Exchange, and we had some unique and creative treats this year.  Here’s the rundown, with links to recipes for each: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze:  These Italian lumps of sweet tartness were such a hit last […]

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What to do if You Have Water Damage Due to a Winter Storm

When we think of winter storms, our minds go to snow globe images, and snuggling up in front of a fire, with board games and warm cocoa.  But the truth is, winter weather can cause real damage to your home and other properties. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “Winter storms caused an estimated $3.5 […]

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Travel Checklist for Snowbirds

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you should do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away. Forward your mail and stop newspaper delivery […]

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Oh, Deer–Drivers Beware!

The number of deer-related auto collisions is on the increase again this year, with an estimated 1.25 million auto-deer collision claims occuring since June 2014 according to State Farm Insurance. October and November are the months during which you are most likely to encounter a deer in your headlights, and with more people traveling the […]

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Staying Safe During the Next Winter Storm

The Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park areas were just hit by what is now being called the fifth worst winter storm in Chicago’s History. While this blizzard left very high drifts, making some roads impassable,  few businesses and residents lost power or other utility services.   For this we were certainly lucky.  Winter storms can be as dangerous as […]

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How to Shovel Snow Safely

In Chicago this morning, many of us opened the door to thigh-high (or worse!) snow drifts.  While the act of shoveling your way out does allow for a bonus upper body workout if you are in good shape, it can be dangerous if you suffer from back, neck, shoulder, heart or lung disorders.  If you have a […]

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Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Home or Business

Although we have (gratefully!) seen very little snow and ice in the Chicago area this season, having just passed the first day of Winter, we are hardly out of the woods. The unusually warm weather may have led many of us to put off some of the seasonal maintenance activities that we should do to keep our […]

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