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By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Your spring-cleaning list is not complete until you’ve cleaned out your dryer exhaust vent. You routinely clean out your dryer’s lint trap (after every cycle, right?), but unfortunately, that’s not enough. Each year, more than 2,900 clothes dryer fires lead to an average of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss. Many of these fires occur because excess lint ignites in the unit’s exhaust vent (the aluminum hose that stretches from the back of t... read more.

  • April 14, 2022

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Before April showers and May flowers arrive, get your property and home’s exterior ready with these spring home maintenance tips! After the long, harsh winter, spring is finally here! The comfortable temperatures and longer days make it a great time to tackle issues with your property and your home’s exterior. In between April showers and May flowers, prepare your home with our spring home maintenance checklist! Soak up all the sunlight!  Clean windows mean more natural light in your ho... read more.

  • April 04, 2022

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

The average water damage claim is more than $10,000! Save your home the expense (and save yourself the frustration) with the help of braided metal hoses. Homeownership can be difficult, but some quick home improvements can potentially save you thousands of dollars. Adding motion sensors, digital locks, and a camera can help to prevent a burglary, but when it comes to water damage, you need braided metal hoses.  Don’t believe us? Here are the top five reasons why braided metal hoses should be i... read more.

  • March 07, 2022

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

 Water damage is one of the most frequent homeowners insurance claims, but it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. Some of the most common causes of water damage include: Broken pipes and hoses Clogged toilets and drains Poorly maintained appliances Poor yard drainage Cracks around windows and in the foundation In many cases, water damage usually starts with a small problem that is unknown or ignored, which turns into a much bigger - and more expensive - problem. That’s why we... read more.

  • February 02, 2022

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Get your home ready for winter’s wrath with these top winter preparedness tips! We love winter! With hot cocoa, snowmen, and crackling fires, it’s one of the best times of the year. Unfortunately, this season can be one of the most dangerous with incredible storms, freezing temperatures, and...well, crackling fires. Get your home ready for the harsh weather with these top winter preparedness tips!  Inspect your property Tree limbs and branches can fall on service lines, damage your ro... read more.

  • January 03, 2022

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Keep your holiday cheer this year by learning the best deterrents for potential burglars and tips to prevent your packages from being stolen!  The holidays are the most festive time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most active for burglars and “porch pirates.” In fact, a CNN study found that burglaries jump the week of Christmas, but even the everyday burglary stats are not jolly. In fact, according to the FBI – There were 1.2 million burgl... read more.

  • December 13, 2021

By Franklin Mutual Insurance, Posted in Home Tips

Before you light the candles or deck the halls, read these holiday safety tips, so you can enjoy a safe celebration and a happy new year.  The winter holidays are some of the most joyous and exciting, but they can also be some of the most dangerous. Between home fires, poisons, and ladder injuries, homeowners need to be extra careful when decking the halls or setting up their menorahs. Before you begin decorating (if you haven't already), here are 10 tips you need to know that will keep you and your... read more.

  • November 29, 2021

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