Category: Home safety tips


  • Space heater safety

    As temperatures fall, electric space heaters emerge to supplement heating needs. Used correctly, these heaters can provide a safe, reliable source of heat; used incorrectly, they can quickly turn into a fire or burn hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides the following safe usage recommendations for portable electric heaters. Place heaters on the floor. […]

    December 6, 2023

  • Fire Pit Safety: 13 Rules to Remember

    Few activities evoke summer like sitting around a fire pit with friends and family. Before you light the first fire of the season, take some time to reacquaint yourself with the basics of backyard fire safety. In 2021, nearly 6,200 emergency room visits were related to injuries from fire pits or outdoor heaters. Young children […]

    November 2, 2023

  • 5 expert tips for protecting your home against hurricane damage

    Striking images of utter destruction caused by the likes of Katrina, Irma and other catastrophic hurricanes may lead some to believe that not much can be done to protect property from such a powerful storm. However, essential steps can be taken to minimize a hurricane’s impact on your home. 1. Guard your windows Entry points […]

    September 7, 2023

  • Six Home Projects and Their Effect on Your Insurance

    When you make changes to your home, such as adding or removing an entire room, it can also cause your insurance needs to change. If you add something to your home and increase its value and/or square footage, you may need to increase your coverage limits as a result. But there are other ways that […]

    March 22, 2023

  • The best storm preparation requires more than just buying milk and eggs

    Many parts of the U.S. are forecast to experience dangerous winter conditions this week, including flash-freezes from the mid-South to the East Coast, and heavy snow accumulations and strong winds for parts of the Plains into the Great Lakes. We at HBL Insurance Agency want to help you and your family stay safe and protect […]

    December 20, 2022

  • Summer Energy Savings

    Beat the Heat — and Your Air Conditioning Bill — This Summer  Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Americans spend about $11 billion each year on air conditioning? That might not be such a surprise if you’re the one who writes the check for your household energy bill every month. Believe […]

    July 10, 2020

  • Summer Energy Savings

    Beat the Heat — and Your Air Conditioning Bill — This Summer  Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Americans spend about $11 billion each year on air conditioning? That might not be such a surprise if you’re the one who writes the check for your household energy bill every month. Believe […]

    March 26, 2020

  • Want a Safer Home? Consider these Inexpensive Fixes

    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 you’re handy or not. And you won’t have to break […]

    January 23, 2020