Chalmers Blog
Staying Safe While Clearing Snow
December 8, 2020
Staying Safe While Clearing Snow
Using a snow blower or snow plow can be the perfect way to give your back a break from shoveling snow. However, it is important to take the proper safety precautions to avoid unnecessary injury while clearing snow this winter. There are some important precautions to take before you begin: Read the operator’s manual that came with your equipment before the start of each winter. Look for items…
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How To Maintain Your Home For Fall
September 11, 2020
How To Maintain Your Home For Fall
Fall is right around the corner, and, as the weather changes, it’s important to prepare your home and identify potential problems before they arise. Consider performing the following annual fall maintenance tasks to ensure your home is safe and ready for the months ahead: Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician. Clean and replace the furnace filter if…
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Are You Prepared For A House Fire?
June 8, 2020
Are You Prepared For A House Fire?
Each year more than 3,275 people die and 15,575 are injured in home fires in the United States. To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basics about house fires. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Heat and smoke from fire can…
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Do’s and Don’ts for First-time Homebuyers
May 16, 2020
Do’s and Don’ts for First-time Homebuyers
Purchasing your first home is an exciting milestone. However, home buying is no simple task, and many first-time purchasers fall into common, sometimes costly, traps. So, before you start searching for your dream home, keep in mind the following do’s and don’ts: Do: Get pre-approved. When shopping for a home, it’s important to know what kind of credit you have and your overall budget. In…
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Remote Work Small Business Cyber Liability
May 7, 2020
Remote Work Small Business Cyber Liability
Now that many small businesses have adapted to work from home or remote work situations, the cyber liability conversation must be revisited. Many business owners have a cyber liability component of their information security risk management plan. While companies that issue company computers and laptops probably have internal defense, those computers must stay updated. If companies are allowing…
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Technology to Improve Home Safety
April 13, 2020
Technology to Improve Home Safety
As a homeowner, one of your top priorities is keeping your property and family safe from intruders. With the advent of smart homes and new technology, home security is easier and more affordable than ever. The following are some new technologies that can protect you and your loved ones from criminals: Doorbell cameras—Doorbell cameras are a great way to see who is at the door before you open it…
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The Dangers of Hands-free Devices
April 6, 2020
The Dangers of Hands-free Devices
It’s commonly believed that hands-free accessories are a safe way to use cellphones while driving. However, more than 30 studies show that they are actually no safer than handheld devices. Though hands-free devices are marketed as a way to keep a driver’s hands on the wheel, they present other dangers. For example, many of these devices require a driver to take his or her eyes off of the…
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Jim Chalmers Is Recognized for 10 Years of Dedication
March 30, 2020
Jim Chalmers Is Recognized for 10 Years of Dedication
A leading insurance professional organization recently recognized Jim Chalmers, CIC, of Chalmers Insurance Group, Bridgton Maine for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) honored Mr. Chalmers for ten years of successfully maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, denoting significant commitment to…
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Insuring A Second Home
March 10, 2020
Insuring A Second Home
What Coverage Options Are There For Second Homes? At a minimum, your lender will require that you carry hazard insurance to protect your property against damage from fires, earthquakes or severe storms. It is also a good idea to add liability insurance, which covers you and members of your household for accidental injuries to your visitors. Opting for property plus liability insurance adds up to a…
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Why Do I Need Personal Umbrella Liability Insurance?
March 5, 2020
Why Do I Need Personal Umbrella Liability Insurance?
Why do I need an umbrella policy? An umbrella insurance policy protects you from a downpour—that worst-case scenario where you could lose everything in a lawsuit. After a hectic work week, Jim Marshall was looking forward to a relaxing weekend with his wife and kids. He was just a few blocks from home when his cellphone rang. He glanced down to see who was calling. That split-second distraction…
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