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Three Ways a Pool May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

Sep 8 2017 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 serious case of pool envy, obsessed with... more

Easy to Forget Cleaning Projects

Aug 4 2017 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 should be in the “long-term maintenance”... more

Heavy Rain? Be on the Lookout for Heavy Damage

Jul 7 2017 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 areas of the country, and they help keep... more

Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

Jun 2 2017 Home improvement: It’s a never-ending process for many people, and for those of us who aren’t necessarily handy, it can be a hassle, too. But there are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can handle to make your home safer – whether... more

Love Bites – Get Umbrella Coverage

Apr 7 2017 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 awarded, be extremely expensive and have... more

Teen Driving Safety

Mar 3 2017 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 crashes are the leading cause of death for... more

Car Shopping With Safety in Mind

Feb 3 2017 You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars. Yet we’re still years away from living in a world where you can just tell your car where to go and then kick back and relax with a book or your phone. Even still, technology already plays a big role in the way... more

7 Driving Habits That Are Bad for Your Car

Jan 6 2017 No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you’ve probably done things like: Shift into drive while the car is still rolling backward. Ride the brakes on steep hills. Roll into the gas station on empty. Guilty? If so, you may not have even realized you... more

Burglary Prevention: Should You Leave the Lights On?

Dec 2 2016 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 time of year, when the days keep getting... more

Which Home Alarms Do You Need?

Nov 4 2016 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 phone or other mobile device, so you can... more

How to Deal With Road Rage

Sep 2 2016 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 on the road that come across as... more

Safety Tips for Your Summer Swims

Aug 5 2016 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 Disease Control and Prevention, about 10... more

Safety Tips for Summer Thrill Seekers

Jul 1 2016 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 pays to be vigilant, particularly if you’... more

What to Do After a Car Accident in Winter

Feb 5 2016 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 get into a car accident. But, with... more

How to Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Jan 8 2016 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. Department of Agriculture. And, these... more

Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Dec 4 2015 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 to get some peace of mind is to invest... more

Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

Nov 6 2015 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 right. Unfortunately, the massive crowds... more

Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Oct 2 2015 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 corner, too. Before the rain and cold take... more

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

Jul 2 2015 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) backyard barbecues, get out on the water or... more

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

Jun 5 2015 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 they keep safety in mind at all times,... more

Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Feb 6 2015 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 here in Washington, it may be a good time of the year to provide some extra support. Read on to learn... more

The Right Tires for Winter Driving

Jan 9 2015 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 difference between a safe trip and a disastrous... more

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Four-Legged Friends

Dec 5 2014 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 regular feeding, exercising and playing... more

Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

Oct 3 2014 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, when you're boating after dark in... more

Celebrate National Night Out With Your Neighbors

Aug 1 2014 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), the annual event has taken root in tens... more

Protect Your Family From the "Silent Killer"

Jan 3 2014 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 and your family from its effects. In... more

A Different Season Means Different Dangers For Motorcyclists

Oct 4 2013 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 Totem Insurance want you to be around to... more

When Things go BOOM in the Night - Fireworks Safety

Jul 1 2013 For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories - whether at home or away But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Each year, homes in Washington are damaged by wayward... more

Make Sure Your Holidays Stay Happy … and Safe

Dec 3 2012 You'll no doubt hear the phrase "Happy Holidays!" about a thousand times over the next month. Here at Totem Insurance, we'd like to change that a little bit: "Happy - and Safe - Holidays!" While the holidays certainly bring cheer here in Kirkland, they also... more



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