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Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

That oh-so-covetable experience of taking a dip in your very own pool? Millions of American households enjoy it, at least when the weather’s nice. With the summer heat ratcheting up, you may be coming down with a...

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Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

As a busy homeowner, it's easy to fall into the trap of pushing off tasks that maintain the long-term value of your home in favor of more pressing problems. That’s OK, to a point, as certain house-cleaning projects...

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Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry. Spring rainstorms are a fact of life in many...

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Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

In today’s economy, everyone is pinching pennies. So why worry about umbrella coverage? Shouldn’t a home and auto policy leave you adequately covered?Unfortunately, we live in a world of lawsuits. Large damages can be...

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Teen Driving Safety

Talking to Your Teen About Safe Driving When teens begin to drive, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, the sobering statistics start to pile up:Car...

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Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Technology has made home alarms of all kinds — from security to smoke, radon to radiation — more accessible than ever. Many of them can be configured to work together, and some even alert you to trouble through your...

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Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But does that really work? Or is it just a waste of electricity — particularly this...

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How to Deal With Road Rage

Have you ever noticed that, with roadway anger, it’s always the other guy’s fault? And, it very well could be. The thing is, you can’t control how other people drive. But, you can control how you respond to situations...

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Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims from Southern CO insurance

When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, people flock to the water — whether it’s the beach, a lake, a river or a backyard pool. But, wherever there’s water, there’s also danger.According to the U.S. Centers for...

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Safety Tips for Summer Thrill Seekers

The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our country’s incredible amusement parks. But, while the rides and other attractions at these parks are typically safe, it...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone who does), you've probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It's a great thought, of course. But,...

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What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, patches of ice – winter can be a horrible time to be on the road, especially if you’re on vacation and aren’t used to driving in winter conditions. And, it’s an even worse time to...

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How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

About 2 million times every year, animals and cars collide on U.S. roadways — often causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers, along with about $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S....

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The Right Tires for Winter Driving

It's easy to forget about your tires when it comes to vehicle safety. But with winter weather already in many parts of the country, tires are an important aspect you should keep in mind. Your tires can be the...

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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

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Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right around the...

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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July — From Food to Fireworks

Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or attend)...

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Commuting by Bike: How to Get to the Office on Two Wheels

There are plenty of great reasons to bike to work: Commuters who ride save money on gas and car insurance, stay fit and help the environment (they don't get stuck in traffic, either). And they even have fun - as long as...

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Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. If you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member, it may be a good time of the year to provide some extra...

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Four-Legged Friends

As a nation, our pets are like family, so let's make sure they enjoy the holidays with us while staying safe. As a general rule of thumb, always keep pets on a regular routine, even during the holiday season. Don't let...

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Celebrate National Night Out With Your Neighbors

In 1984, National Night Out - "America's Night Out Against Crime" - began as a way to promote crime prevention through neighborhood camaraderie. Since then, according to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW),...

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Severe Weather and Fire Danger

With the warmer weather comes the dryer air. Not only does this affect your allergies, it also can affect the fire danger and severe weather alerts we get. Luckily every severe weather alert does not guarantee a bad...

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National Playground Safety Week

Did you know that National Playground Safety Weeks is this week? What is National Playground Safety Week? National Playground Safety Week is a week dedicated to the preservation and safety maintenance of our playgrounds....

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Awareness of Holiday Dangers

It's April already! That means that the warm weather and holidays are headed our way. With Easter coming up and Memorial Day after that, we can only imagine what fun plans and BBQ's you are planning for your family!...

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Window Insulation Isn’t Just for Winter

We all know that we should insulate our windows and doors in the fall in preparation for winter. However, a lot of people have started insulating their windows and doors in the spring time as well to help keep not only...

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Another Bonus to Monitoring Your Driving Habits

We have all seen the commercials with the spokesperson trying to influence others to try a little white click-in box to monitor your driving habits. These boxes are becoming more and more popular with some Auto...

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Spring Time Means Local Wildlife

Spring has sprung! Yesterday was the first day of Spring and here in Colorado Springs that means that the wildlife has already started to explore the area. These animals include: bears, mountain lions, foxes, snakes,...

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Don't Rely on Luck!

Check out these facts about Colorado residents on St. Patrick's Day! In 2012, there were 424 arrests and four deaths throughout the state of Colorado because of drunk driving on St. Patrick's Day alone The cost...

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The Importance of Self-Security

We have all heard stories about people who have had their identity stolen. Recently we have been hearing more from companies who make comment that their systems were hacked and large numbers of people's information was...

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One Family’s Tragedy is a Reminder to Us All

When I was being taught how to drive, I was given the ABC's of getting started. I don't mean the how-to's or the what-to-do's, I mean the actual ABC: A - Always Adjust for safety B - Buckle your seatbelt C - Check...

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Exceed the Expectations (Or at Least Be Ready For Them)

Valentine's Day is approaching quicker than anyone is willing to admit. Hopefully you and your significant other have some special plans (or surprises) in the works for each other. We at Southern Colorado Insurance...

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Protect Your Family From the "Silent Killer"

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that results when certain fuels do not burn completely. And it can be deadly. That's why it's important to know how to prevent it, detect it, and protect yourself...

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A Different Season Means Different Dangers For Motorcyclists

Fall is a wonderful time to be outside on your bike, thanks to the crisp, cool weather and changing colors of the landscape. Staying safe on the road in autumn requires some special precautions, however. Because we at...

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Make Sure Your Holidays Stay Happy … and Safe

You'll no doubt hear the phrase "Happy Holidays!" about a thousand times over the next month. Here at Southern Colorado Insurance Center we'd like to change that a little bit: "Happy - and Safe - Holidays!" While the...

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Managing the Cold Chain

Protect your restaurant, your customers, and your reputation Restaurant and foodservice owners across Colorado know the importance of managing the cold and how seriously it needs to be followed to prevent food borne...

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