Safeco Blogs

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Travel
    by safeco on December 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Nobody really enjoys traveling during the holidays, do they? OK, you might if you’re going on vacation, or you’re visiting family in Hawaii or something. But for everyone else, it’s a slog—whether you’re battling airport crowds the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or fighting through highway traffic on Christmas Eve, getting anywhere can be a massive hassle. […]

  • Safe Driving in Winter Weather
    by safeco on November 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Millions of Americans will be traveling this holiday season, and if it’s anything like previous years, a lot of that travel will be on the road. Last year, AAA estimated that more than 100 million Americans were planning a trip of more than 50 miles during the holidays—and that was just between Dec. 23 and […]

  • Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation
    by safeco on November 8, 2018 at 8:12 am

    You’re not just imagining it—a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and 52% stay only at places that welcome pets. (For some people, the “welcome” part doesn’t matter: 20% admitted […]

  • 5 Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowners Mistakes
    by safeco on October 23, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up—whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time and money to fix. In many instances, however, those “unexpected” issues shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, […]

  • Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data
    by safeco on October 2, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now—as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we recommend Safeco’s identity-recovery coverage, available for just $1 a month for our homeowners customers. It’s best if you […]

  • Kids Are Heading Back to School — Let’s Keep Them Safe
    by safeco on September 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    The end of summer means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and … the start of football is here! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all should be extra careful on the roads, in school zones and around buses. Don’t forget to watch for […]

  • Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe
    by safeco on August 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t […]

  • 6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels
    by safeco on July 16, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a ton of calories burned. Maybe you’re a bicycle commuter already — or maybe you want […]

  • Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating
    by safeco on June 28, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), 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, you need to think about staying safe, even as you […]

  • Facts and History Behind Father’s Day
    by safeco on June 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    It’s a bit of a tradition for many fathers to go on and on about the knowledge they’ve gained over the years, whether it’s about history, family stories, financial wisdom, or just plain random facts — like how that building over there used to be the old hardware store. This isn’t a bad thing, of […]

  • Summer Driving Tips
    by safeco on May 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and about, whether on foot, bike, or skateboard, or by car, motorcycle, or RV, increasing the risk […]

  • Tornados and Driving Safety
    by safeco on May 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    What to Do If You’re Caught in Your Car During a Tornado Tornadoes are the most violent storms anywhere, and about 1,200 touch ground in the United States every year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). They’re as unpredictable as they are violent, most often occurring in the early spring on the Gulf Coast, […]

  • Flood Prevention and Safety
    by safeco on April 25, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Almost anywhere it rains, it can flood. Even if you live in an area of that you think isn’t at risk, preparation is just as critical as with other types of emergencies. Before we get into how you can prevent, limit or react to flooding, it’s important to note that flood damage is typically not […]

  • Protecting Your Home: Understanding Your Home Insurance Policy
    by safeco on April 16, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more ways than you may think, helping you rebuild your home or repair damage that results from a […]

  • Prepare for Warmer Weather with These Home Maintenance Tips
    by safeco on March 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

    “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” That’s a quote from author Hal Borland — but another favorite saying might be even more appropriate for this time of year: “Be prepared.” After all, warmer weather brings plenty of risk to go with its beauty. If you aren’t ready, you could find yourself with […]

  • Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?
    by safeco on March 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize—4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And most victims are young children. Those injuries also have a bigger impact […]

  • Considering Joining a Car-Sharing Service? Four Things You Should Know
    by safeco on February 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Today, as car sharing has grown in popularity (well over a million people are members of various services in the U.S., according to the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)), the number of options has grown, too. You can borrow a company-owned car (think Zipcar or Car2Go) for a few hours at a time or for […]

  • Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide—at Home and Work
    by safeco on February 5, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning—and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem even more tragic when you consider that most of these deaths and illnesses are preventable. Here are tips from the Consumer Product Safety […]

  • How to Keep Your Trees Healthy — and Upright
    by safeco on January 16, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    They’re trees. And as with so many things in life, proper maintenance is critical. Keeping your trees healthy will allow you to continue to enjoy them and their benefits — one of which is providing enough oxygen for four people every day! Maintenance also will reduce the risk of a tree falling on your home […]

  • Tips for Buying a Safe Car
    by safeco on January 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars — but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone). But even though our driverless future has yet to arrive, and you still have […]

  • How to Create an Emergency Survival Kit
    by safeco on December 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      If a massive disaster wiped out power to your region right now, with no hope of recovery for at least several days, would you be ready? Would you have a way to connect with your family? Would you have enough nonperishable food for everyone? In short, do you have the right plan and supplies […]

  • Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster
    by safeco on November 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and certification company UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Larger homes, more open layouts, new construction materials and other factors mean fires burn more […]

  • Ride Safe with These Motorcycling Tips
    by safeco on November 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Motorcycle riders are far more likely than people in cars to be seriously injured or killed in a crash — but keeping safety in mind can reduce your risk. There are many benefits to motorcycles — they get great gas mileage, they can make your commute easier, and it’s almost never a problem finding a […]

  • How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Bill
    by safeco on October 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    It’s easy to lower your insurance costs — especially if you have a great driving record, or don’t mind having higher deductibles. Who doesn’t want to pay less for car insurance? Billions of dollars are spent on ad campaigns to convince you to “switch and save” — but the truth is, many people can find […]

  • Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?
    by safeco on September 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could result in a multi-car accident. And you could be held liable to others for the […]