SUB ZERO TEMPS….EQUAL FROZEN PIPES!

January 21, 2011

Well we just endured our latest snowfall this morning and looking at the long range forecast it seems we are in for a BITTER COLD stretch that we haven’t seen in a couple of years. The winter has many dangers but one danger that homeowners may push to the back of their minds is bursting pipes. Bursting pipes can be dangerous to you personally, and the damage to your property can be astronomical.. Though this add to the list of winter’s hassles, along with shoveling, snow banks and high heating bills, this headache can be avoided with the proper precautionary steps.

In order to avoid a potential plumbing disaster this winter, here are a few helpful tips to prevent frozen pipes; first and foremost, during cold days be sure to have your central heating system on, insulate the pipes (you can use either insulation or newspapers and plastic), keep faucets slowly dripping or drain the water out of the pipes if you’re going to leave your property vacant for a period of time during a cold season, keep garage doors closed if water lines run through the garage area, and it may even be a good idea to hire a professional to take a quick survey of the status of your home’s piping. Additionally, it is important to review your Massachusetts Homeowners Insurance policy before leaving your home for an extended period of time or simply as a precautionary measure, just in case of an unexpected accident!

For additional information on how to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting, check out the links below:

Burst Water Pipes: Causes, Consequences and Precautionary Measures
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Contact our office to discuss your homeowner policy and make sure you are fully covered in the event of a tragic pipe burst. Call us at 978-365-2302 or find us online at http://www.koinsurance.com

Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!

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Space Heater Fire Safety

January 19, 2011

I think it is safe to say that most of us are getting sick of the snow, ice and cold temperatures as we just endured another snowstorm.

People are turning to other options to stay warm in their house as the price of oil is skyrocketing. When considering your options, you may find that a space heater wil give you a quick and easy solution. You must be EXTREMELY cautious when using space heaters! Here are some important Space Heater Safety Tips that should not be ignored:

1. Never leave a space heater unattended or plugged in while you are sleeping.

2. Keep the heater at least 3 ft. away from furniture, curtains, carpets and anything else flammable.

3. Keep the heater on a level surface that is out of the way of traffic(you don’t want anyone to accidently knock it over)

4. Don’t put heaters in bathroom or near water, they are electric!

These are more than just words to the wise, according to the Massachusetts Public Safety site, “One of every seven space heater fires causes a fatality”. Fires can start fast, spread fast and come without warning. So please don’t take any chances! For more information on ways to stay warm this winter and to make sure that your home and its contents are properly insured under your Massachusetts Home Insurance policy, call our office today at 978-365-2302 or visit us online at http://www.koinsurance.com