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  • Is Your Desk Job Hurting You?

    Your cozy office job might seem totally harmless – after all, it’s not like you’re out using power tools or chasing down criminals from 9 to 5. But desk jobs come with their own set of health risks, most starting so insidiously that you don’t catch them until the damage has already been done. Take […]

    February 20, 2019

  • Why a Breakdown Doesn’t Have to Be a Meltdown

    Say your 2-year-old water heater unexpectedly bursts, spilling water everywhere and damaging your floors and belongings. Your homeowners policy will pay to correct the damage, but who’s paying for a new $1,500 water heater? If you’d like that answer to be “not me” (because who wouldn’t?), consider Equipment Breakdown coverage. What is Equipment Breakdown? Equipment […]

    February 7, 2019

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    Home security technology: Keeping you ahead of the burglars

    Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”—night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were locked. The most advanced product at the time, according to the Electronic Security Association, was an […]

    February 7, 2019

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    Insurance terms, explained

    Med Pay? PIP? Dec pages? Insurance terms, explained With all kinds of different coverages for all kinds of different needs, insurance can be very confusing. And to make it even more challenging, at times it probably seems like insurance websites and policy documents are written in a completely foreign language. Of course, that’s why we […]

    January 24, 2019

  • Earthquake!

    Most people think of California when they hear the word “earthquake,” but did you know that Washington State sits on an 800 mile-long fault line and experiences hundreds of earthquakes each year? Most are mild enough that they’re not felt by humans, but the fact is that it’s only a matter of time until a […]

    January 24, 2019

  • Five Tips for a Healthy Winter

    When the holidays are over and spring is still months away, it’s easy to feel the winter blues. Healthy eating and exercise habits often die off during the holiday season and can be hard to get back into, especially when days are short and dreary, as they can be in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, these […]

    January 21, 2019

  • Grandma's Pearls

    Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too

    Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars—or worse, a fire or some other disaster—also find out too late that they didn’t have enough insurance to replace their jewelry. Here’s […]

    January 9, 2019

  • Our Winter 2019 Charity of the Quarter!

    Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec – and so can you! Our new Charity of the Quarter, FANS for short, works to support the amazing programs that Island Rec has to offer. FANS raises funds that are used to keep Island Rec programming free or affordable through sponsorship, scholarships, and reduced costs. In 2018, FANS […]

    January 8, 2019

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    Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

    Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying—they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that homeowners can save 5% to 30% on annual energy costs by incorporating technologies […]

    December 29, 2018

  • Black Ice: A Hidden Hazard

    Even though it’s been an unseasonably mild fall, winter is only a few days away and freezing temperatures are inevitable. With sunny afternoons and overnight freezes comes the risk of black ice, notorious for catching drivers by surprise. Don’t let it put YOU in danger – here’s what you need to know:

    December 19, 2018