Safeco Blogs

  • Daylight Saving Time is also Daylight Safety Time
    by safeco on March 6, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    In most places in the United States, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time, when clocks are moved forward one hour. We want to remind you it’s also a great time to improve your family’s safety. Be safe in your home Health and safety agencies often use the approach of Daylight Saving Time to remind people […]

  • 14 Fascinating Facts about February
    by safeco on February 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    February is the shortest month of the year (even in leap years, when it has 29 days instead of 28), but there’s no shortage of interesting facts about it. From weird holidays to astronomical oddities, this month has a bit of everything. So with a nod to what February is perhaps best known for—Valentine’s Day […]

  • Home security technology: Keeping you ahead of the burglars
    by safeco on February 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    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 […]

  • Insurance terms, explained
    by safeco on January 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    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 […]

  • Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too
    by safeco on January 9, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    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 […]

  • Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you
    by safeco on December 29, 2018 at 12:25 am

    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 […]

  • 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 […]