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The Best Holiday Gift? Be Safe

A Personal Insurance Update

November is here and that means the holiday season has started. Over the next number of weeks, holiday activities will consume much of our time. This is also the season when homeowners have insurance claims for fire, burglary, theft from vehicles, and even auto accidents.

Now may be the best time to have us review your personal insurance in order to make sure you have the individual coverage you need.

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk.

  • NEVER leave car doors unlocked or windows open.

  • ALWAYS park in lighted areas. Do NOT park in remote areas.

  • Shop with a friend.

  • Keep receipts in your wallet or purse.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.

  • If you make expensive purchases, like jewelry or guns, call our office, as we may need to add these to your policy.

Christmas Tree Safety (provided by the NFPA)

  • Make sure the tree is at least four feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

  • Make sure the tree is not blocking any exit or door.

  • Add water to the tree stand daily.

  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

  • Only used approved lights.

  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs

  • Replace any string of lights that has worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Home Safety Tips

If you are planning a vacation during the holiday, here are few ideas to consider:

  • Get a security system.

  • Trim landscaping that is too close to your house.

  • Don’t advertise your vacation on social media.

  • Cancel mail and other deliveries.

  • Leave lights on when gone.

  • Have a neighbor check on your home.

  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.

  • Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home.

  • Lock all doors and windows.

  • While you are gone, arrange for your lawn to be mowed.

  • Have adequate exterior lighting.

Shepard Insurance Agency understands that your property is a very important part of your life. In fact, the single biggest investment you may ever make is your home. Are you sure you have adequately protected your home and other properties?

We offer property insurance products to customers in McAllen, TX, the entire Rio Grande Valley and the great State of Texas.

Call us at (956) 686-3888 or start a Free Rate Quote.

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