10 Steps to a Safer Home

 

A safe home is essential for protecting your family, but safety stems from more than just alarms and cameras. Security products are an important piece of the safety puzzle, but the glue that holds the puzzle together is practicing safety protocols. Unless your whole family knows how to use security equipment and routinely trains for potential hazards, you may not be prepared when you need it most. Try the following tips to maintain a safe home:

1. Smoke alarms: If you don’t already have them, install smoke alarms in every room of your home. Most models chirp when the battery is running low, but if you’re on vacation when a unit chirps and it dies before you return home, you may never know that you’re unprotected. Make a new habit of manually checking the batteries on every smoke alarm in your home at least every three to six months. Take your security a step further by planning a fire escape route with your family so everyone knows the safest way out.

2. Lighting: Outdoor lighting can be an effective method of deterring theft, especially motion-sensor lighting. Thieves prefer to burgle homes that provide hiding spaces, such as lush foliage and darkness. Apart from theft deterrent, lighting indoor and outdoor areas such as stairs and foyers can prevent you and your family from tripping in the dark.

3. Locks: Many thieves enter a home through an unlocked door or window. Always lock all doors and windows when leaving the house and when sleeping. Dead bolts can be installed on main entrances as an added precaution.

4. Glass break detectors: Consider purchasing glass break detectors and installing them on your lower level windows. These inexpensive devices emit an alarm if windows are broken, which can scare thieves away.

5. Security alarm: Security alarms are a pricier, yet effective method of theft deterrent. Security companies will alert the proper authorities if your home is broken into, which offers peace of mind while you’re away. If this option is too much of a stretch for your budget, you can get a fake (yet realistic!) yard sign and/or window sticker advertising that your home is protected by a security company.

6. Security cameras: Cameras can help you monitor the happenings in and around your home, which includes keeping a watchful eye on pets, children and nannies. If a thief breaks into your home, the video footage may be what helps the police catch the culprit. Again, if this option is too expensive, you can get dummy cameras to scare away thieves.

7. Poison hazards: Children will put anything in their mouths, from fingers to toys to harmful chemicals. All medications and cleaning products should be kept in child-proofed cabinets, out of reach of small children. The same should be done with breakable and sharp objects that may harm curious little fingers.

8. Cooking hazards: Kitchens are the most common place for fire ignition in a home. Always cook with caution and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Turn pan handles inward to avoid accidental spills, keep towels and other flammable items away from heated appliances and never leave cooking food unattended. If you have young children, explain to them that they must stay at least three feet away from the stove or oven when in use for their own safety.

9. Tripping hazards: Loose wires and clutter can cause trips and falls, which are the leading cause of home injuries. Walk around your home periodically to check for such areas and take the necessary steps. Coil wires neatly against the wall, use no-slip mats under rugs, tidy up your children’s toys, etc.

10. Social media announcements: Avoid announcing your vacations online. Anyone can interpret this information as an opportunity to rob your home. In fact, you want your home to maintain that lived-in look at all times. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail while you’re away and use motion-sensor lights indoors to make it seem like you’re home.

Not only are these safety measures good for the overall wellbeing of you and your family, but safe homes may be eligible for lower insurance premiums or discounts. Ask your agent if you qualify today.

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Saving Money on Auto Insurance

When consumers in Oklahoma City and Edmond get car insurance quotes, they expect great service with a low price. The tips below are good but I really like the video tips…

This video includes 5 simple steps to saving money on auto insurance. We’ve also included more tips for getting lower car insurance quotes below. Video: http://youtu.be/kvDlRSN3nG0

Shop Around – The easiest way to save on high risk auto insurance is shopping around. Obtain as many auto insurance coverage quotes as possible. Since there are a myriad of alternatives accessible in the insurance marketplace today, you have the luxury of comparing different rates and opting for the most affordable option.

Take Control Of Your Rates – Being in control of your rates can also help lower the cost of car insurance. Tickets as well as accidents which are no longer paid for should be taken off the coverage at the right time. Each time changes are made to your status, obtain a few quotes and compare the different rates. Perhaps, you will be able to find a plan that allows you to save.

Buy A Cheap Car – The more expensive a car is, the more you will pay in insurance premiums.

Cover Less Miles In A Year – Try to keep your mileage to the minimum. Drivers who cover less than 10,000 miles in a year are more likely to qualify for reduced insurance rates. The more time you spend on the road, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident.

Park Your Car In A Safe Area – Burglary and accidental damages are just some of the factors that can increase your insurance premiums. Cars parked inside a garage or on a driveway are less likely to be broken into or damaged which results in a 4% to 6% decline in insurance costs.

Exercise Caution While Driving – Careless driving will result in additional points in your license. As a result, you will be expected to pay more in insurance premiums. Whereas points attributed to speeding tends to remain on a driver’s license for at least 4 years, insurance companies will confirm if there have been convictions in the past 5 years prior to deleting them from your record.

Install Security Systems In Your Car – Installing security systems, for example, car alarms and anti-lock brakes in your car can also help in lowering your risks.

Avoid Making Changes to Your Car – Do not make changes to your car before informing your insurance provider. Modifications refer to anything that will alter the original specifications, for example, fitting allow rims.

Call Statewide Insurance Agency today for more information on saving money on your Oklahoma City or Edmond auto insurance, or visit us online at https://okstatewide.com to recieve a no-obligation quote.

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Buying Car Insurance: Young Drivers

Car insurance rates for young drivers in Oklahoma is expensive. Take the time to educate yourself and seek an agent that represents multiple companies so you can find the company that wants your business the most. Whether you are shopping for homeowners insurance quotes in Oklahoma City or for the best car insurance in Edmond, an Independent Insurance Agent is usually your best choice.

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The Top 4 Home Insurance Companies in Oklahoma

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for my 10/25/18 update.

Oklahoma home insurance rates increased roughly 50% during a 5 year period ending in 2015 as homeowners embraced continuous wind and hail storms, especially within the western one-half of the state.  

These increases have Oklahoma homeowners scrambling to find quality home insurance with stable companies without the high cost that many insurers are still trying to charge.

In our opinion, the following 4 companies offer the greatest home insurance value in Oklahoma and, in our opinion, these companies will have the best chance of saving Oklahoma consumers money as you seek quotes for your homeowners insurance needs. All  4 of these companies offer outstanding coverage, excellent claims service and they usually have a lower cost than competitors.  

      1.   Safeco Insurance ( a Liberty Mutual Company)

      2.  Travelers Insurance

      3.  State Farm Insurance

      4. Allstate Insurance

May 5, 2018 Consumer Update:  3 of the last 4 years have been very profitable for the companies offering home insurance quotes in Oklahoma.  As a result, we are starting to see some companies offer better rates in many situations.  Also, Progressive Insurance has come into Oklahoma offering an excellent home insurance policy and oftentimes the rate is outstanding.  I have confidence that Progressive will be consistent and provide and excellent home insurance value for Oklahoma customers.  As a result, here is my new, updated rankings….

  1. Progressive Insurance
  2. Safeco Insurance ( a Liberty Mutual Company)
  3. Travelers Insurance
  4. Allstate Insurance
  5. State Farm Insurance

I have moved Allstate above State Farm because Allstate has a better home insurance cost right now.  However, long-term, State Farm will provide good value relative to other premium cost carriers, in my opinion.

Update: 10-25-18

The Oklahoma homeowners insurance market continues to change in Oklahoma so I’m going to revise my ranking of companies….

  1. Progressive Insurance:  They still offer an excellent value and are a good long term choice for many consumers.
  2. Travelers Insurance:  Conservative underwriting practices has resulted in fewer rate increases relative to their competition….stable and committed to Oklahoma.
  3. Allstate Insurance:  They have aggressive growth strategies in Oklahoma and so their pricing is good in some areas for some consumers…I’m not sure about their rate stability.
  4. State Farm Insurance:  They offer excellent service and good long term value for some consumers.  Their pricing varies quite a bit but they are worthy of consideration.
  5. Safeco Insurance ( a Liberty Mutual Company):  They offer excellent claim service and they are very friendly to do business with.  Some of their pricing on new policies is a challenge;  however, Safeco’s car insurance is sometimes tough to beat.  As a result, auto and home bundles can still be very competitive with Safeco Insurance.

Statewide Insurance Agency represents Progressive, Safeco Insurance and Travelers Insurance but not State Farm or Allstate.  

 

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