Safety Tips for Using Portable Generators This Winter

A portable electric generation being used to power a home in the snow during winter.Experiencing power outages during New England winters is an unfortunate inevitability that many of us have to contend with. With frigid temperatures that can quickly make one’s home uninhabitable without electricity, many Massachusetts residents have invested in portable generators to keep their heat running when the power goes out. However, despite the convenience of generators, they come with their fair share of risks. If you’re looking to safeguard your home from power outages, learn these safety tips for using portable generators this winter. [Read more…]

Does Insurance Cover a Heating Unit Replacement?

An old stone basement with a newly built furnace in the corner.In New England, the mid-winter hovers around the low teens, and if a home’s heating is not in proper working order, it can be extremely dangerous to the inhabitants. Obviously, one would immediately look to replace their furnace, boiler, or HVAC unit should it break, but it’s an expensive undertaking and one that many may not have the finances to support. In such situations, it’s important to determine whether insurance would cover a heating unit replacement. [Read more…]

Outdoor Dining: Safety Considerations for Restaurants

Plastic out door dining bubbles with tables and chairs inside to make for safe COVID-19 dining at restaurantsDespite the opposing forces of tightening COVID-19 restrictions and the beginning of a long and cold season, restaurants are seeking ways to stay operational. Many restaurant owners are considering outdoor dining structures – such as yurts, pods, and tents – to keep customers warm while also limiting COVID-19 exposure. However, there’s the risk of numerous legal and safety repercussions should a restaurant neglect the proper precautions. It’s vital that business owners carefully evaluate the viability of outdoor dining and the overall safety considerations for restaurants. [Read more…]

Preparing for Ice and Snow: Before and After the Storm

Close up of snow weighing down the branch of a pine tree.If the recent weather in New England is any indication, we’re in for a snowy winter. While Massachusetts residents are no stranger to heavy snowfall and ice, some underlying challenges and hazards can catch us by surprise. Preparing for ice and snow requires a combination of precautions and post-storm alertness. To lend a helping hand, we’re here to provide tips on handling some of the more dangerous obstacles. [Read more…]

Keys to Staying Safe While Snowmobiling

A man riding a snowmobile surrouded by pinesThis season is an exhilarating time for snowmobile enthusiasts, and the snowy December we’re currently experiencing in New England hopefully foretells a perfect winter for riding. Making it further enticing is the fact that it’s an activity that can be performed while properly social distancing. While it’s no doubt snowmobiles are loads of fun, it’s crucial to remember that they can be a dangerous piece of equipment if not handled appropriately. Understanding some of the keys to staying safe while snowmobiling should be a top priority. [Read more…]

5 Steps to Take After Falling Victim to Porch Pirates

Online order package sitting on a welcome mat on a front porch in front of a yellow door and blue sidingOnline orders often ramp up over the holidays as people scramble to get in their last-minute shopping. With a pandemic now confining many of us to our homes, online orders are sure to increase even more. However, with an uptick in home deliveries comes an increase in unscrupulous activity: namely, porch pirates. These unsavory folks are those looking to cash in on unsupervised packages that are left at homeowners’ doorsteps. If you’re unlucky enough to miss out on a delivered package, learn about the steps you can take after falling victim to porch pirates. [Read more…]