By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Save your holiday feast (and home) from being overcooked with these essential holiday cooking safety tips! Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day were the peak days fire departments were called to home fires. "On Thanksgiving Day you're cooking probably more than you normally do," says Andrea Vastis, Senior... read more.

  • November 18, 2021

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Before you hit the road, use this guide to keep your home safe from all sorts of disasters. After a year of quarantine, it’s looking more and more like summer vacations are back. Finally, we can get back to relaxing days at the beach, taking in the sights, and perhaps most importantly after last year, no stress. But nothing can destroy your post-vacation calm like returning to a disaster at home. Coming home to a burglary, fire, or water leak is one of the worst-case scenarios for a homeowner. When... read more.

  • June 11, 2021

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Emergency Preparedness, Weather Safety

You’ve done the prep work. You’ve got your supplies ready. You’ve taken all the necessary home safety tips to mitigate storm damage. Your emergency kit is filled with everything you need to hunker down for days if needed.  Now it’s time to talk about how to get through the actual storm. Here’s what you’re going to need: An evacuation plan—hopefully you won’t need it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry A safe spot indoors—find a secure... read more.

  • November 20, 2020

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Emergency Preparedness, Weather Safety

The temperature’s dropping, leaves are already falling, and the snow won’t be far behind. Autumn is in full swing, which means we are at the crossroads of hurricane season and winter storm season. “Making it up as you go along” is great if you’re a jazz musician or abstract artist, but it’s a terrible idea for storm preparation. The best way to make it through a heavy storm that could disrupt power for days is to prepare in advance. At FMI, we take storm damage very seri... read more.

  • October 19, 2020

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Emergency Preparedness

We want you to Live Confident. We hope you, your family and co-workers are healthy and holding up well through the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While COVID-19 is causing disruption in our communities, the health and well-being of our policyholders, agents, employees and communities is of the highest priority. Your safety is always our top priority, and we’re here to help: You can easily manage your policy via MyAccount by going to   Make a... read more.

  • April 07, 2020

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Planning can be one of the best parts of vacation, but while you’re busy deciding if you should hit the pool or the beach—you should also be thinking about how you’ll protect your home while you’re away. Dangers to your home can be obvious as a burglary or as unexpected as a natural disaster. There are simple tips you can follow to keep your home as safe as possible before you leave for vacation. 1 – Put your mail on hold or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick it up. Not... read more.

  • July 19, 2018

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips, Weather Safety

The holidays can bring joy to all but they also bring additional risk to your home’s safety. We tracked the top five home insurance claims from the holiday season over the past three years and the results haven’t changed a bit. Now we’re sharing the most common causes of holiday danger and how you can prevent them for a safer holiday season. Make sure only the turkey gets fried: Christmas trees, turkey fryers, candles, fireplaces, electrical heaters and even wrapping paper can turn home... read more.

  • November 20, 2017

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Business Protection, Home Tips

Do you work out of your home for your primary job – or even as a supplemental income source? If the answer is yes, read on. From Etsy crafters to at-home accountants to skin care consultants, a new in-home business launches every 12 seconds. With about 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, you know the flexibility and perks of working from home can be hard to beat. But do you know that your home insurance doesn’t necessarily protect your business, no matter how small? In fact,... read more.

  • May 11, 2017

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest house party days of the year—nearly 43 million Americans hosted parties in 2015, according to a National Retail Federation survey. But for homeowners who host, it’s not all about football and food; guest safety is even more important. Here are some tips to score points with your guests by keeping them safe while the titans on TV tally touchdowns:  If you're providing food, drinks, and fun this Super Bowl Sunday, remember: you're responsible for your... read more.

  • January 31, 2017

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to ready your home for the colder months ahead.  Here are a few helpful tips to keep your house in peak shape: Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets and turn off valves to exterior hose bibs to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Drain hoses and store them indoors. Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to improve drainage and protect against ice dams. Trim and prune tree limbs and shrubs to maintain the health of the tre... read more.

  • September 20, 2016