8 Great Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips for 2019

Halloween is a night to get creative with unique costumes and decorations. It can be a fun but busy night for everyone, including our pets. Below are some Halloween safety tips to keep you and your neighbors safe this Halloween.

1. Turn Your Home Security System Off before Trick-or-Treaters Arrive.

We always want to feel safe in our homes, and a home security system is a great way to keep you and your family safe. However, on a night like Halloween, your door will be open and closed often. Don’t forget to disarm your alarm before the trick or treaters arrive to avoid any mishaps with your home security company and to prevent any unintended scares. **Don’t forget to turn it back on at the end of the night as well to ward off those tricksters!

2. Make Sure Pets Are In A Secure Room.

Our pets are family too! We want to make sure they are as comfortable and safe as our spooky guests this night. Pets may want to welcome every visitor, but it may be a good idea to keep them in their own room, especially on a night where people are continually coming to the door. This will keep everyone safe and prevent our fur babies from getting loose.

3. Leave Outdoor Lights On.

Sure, you have to be the spookiest house on the block, but you also don’t want anyone tripping or hurting themselves in the excitement of the potential goodies you have. Keep your house and walkway well lit; this will also let your neighbors know you are welcoming trick-or-treaters.

4. Keep Your Driveway and Walkway Free of Debris.

Cooler weather means falling leaves, acorns, and even branches. Be sure to keep your walkway and driveway free of debris; we wouldn’t want spider man tripping on his way up to the door!

5. No Decorations On The Sidewalks.

The perfectly placed zombie or skeleton makes a huge statement, but these decorations should be looked at and not stepped on. Try placing them off to the side; this keeps the living and the dead safe.

6. Park Your Car In The Garage.

Keep your car safe on Halloween, as the night can be full of tricksters. Take action beforehand by parking your car in your garage or carport. This will keep it out of the way of guests and traffic to prevent any scrapes or dings.

7. Don’t Use Real Candles.

Candles can create a great ambiance, but they are also a fire hazard for you and your guests. Instead, try using LED candles, which will give your decorations the same great effect and are much safer.

8. Take Pictures!

Before trick-or-treaters start for the night, it is a good idea to take pictures of your home and property. We all try to keep our home safe and secure, but sometimes accidents happen. You can even call your home insurance agent to see what is covered.

More Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters.

Speaking of your home and pets, do you have a plan for your pets during an emergency? For tips and ideas on how to keep your pet safe during emergencies, you can check out our blog here.

St. Petersburg Community Comes Together To Raise Over $70,000

Sol Relief St.Pete Community Benefit Concert

 

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend. Less than 30 days later, the St. Petersburg community banded together to support the Bahamian people in their most desperate time of need as they begin what will be a long road to recovery.

Sol Relief Brings St. Petersburg Community Together

A free Benefit for the Bahamas concert was held on October 6th at the Jannus Live venue in downtown St. Petersburg. Jannus Live was generous enough to donate its venue, and local bands gave their time by performing throughout the day. All donations collected before and during the concert went directly to Sol Relief as the charitable organization continues its recovery mission in the Bahamas.

Bankers Financial Corporation, the parent of Bankers Insurance Group, served as the lead corporate sponsor of the event. Bankers Financial pledged to match dollar for dollar up to the first $100,000 in donations.

Donation: The Final Numbers are in..


The concert was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who donated and for the overwhelming community support. We are thrilled to announce the final numbers are in, and we were able to raise $35,140.28, which Bankers Financial Corporation will gladly match!

For more information on what Sol Relief is doing for the Bahamian people, you can check out their page here.

Find out how you can help a neighbor after or storm.

Identity Theft: 5 Easy Ways To Protect Yourself and Your Business

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Technology allows us to connect anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. No matter where we are in the world, we can shop, control our homes, control our televisions, and more just from our smartphones. Although this technology makes life convenient, it also brings an increased risk of identity theft and internet scams.

Identity Theft & Internet Scams

Cyber awareness is a term we hear a lot nowadays. Cybercriminals are continually coming up with new ways to steal your personal or business information, money, and identity. It’s important to know what methods they are using and how to recognize them.

  • Identity Theft is acquiring and using someone else’s personal information illegally to obtain money or credit. Signs of identity theft include: bills for products or services you did not purchase, suspicious charges on your credit cards, or new accounts opened in your name that you did not authorize.
  • Imposter Scams occur when you receive an email or call from a person claiming to be a government official, family member, or friend requesting personal or financial information. For example, an imposter may contact you claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The imposter will inform you that your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended, and hope you will reveal your SSN or pay to have it reactivated.
  • Debt Collection Scams occur when criminals attempt to collect on a fraudulent debt. Signs the “debt collector” may be a scammer are requests to be paid by wire transfers or credit cards. In 2018 there was a spike in requests for gift cards and reloadable cards as well.

Keep Yourself and Your Business Safe

Anytime you are online; you are vulnerable. Follow these 5 tips to stay safe.

  1. Practice safe web surfing wherever you are by checking for the “green lock” or padlock icon in your browser bar—this signifies a secure connection.
  2. When you find yourself out in the great “wild Wi-Fi West,” avoid free Internet access with no encryption.
  3. If you do use an unsecured public access point, practice good Internet hygiene by avoiding sensitive activities (e.g., banking) that require passwords or credit cards. Your personal hotspot is often a safer alternative to free Wi-Fi.
  4. Don’t reveal personally identifiable information such as your bank account number, SSN, or date of birth to unknown sources.
  5. Type website URLs directly into the address bar instead of clicking on links or cutting and pasting from the email.

Victim of Cyber Attack or Fraud?

If you ever find that you or your business has been a victim of cyber-attack or fraud, contact the authorities immediately. Be sure to keep and document all evidence of the situation and its source.

How Can Bankers Help your Small- or Medium-Sized Business?

Approximately 60% of all small- or medium-sized companies go out of business within six months of experiencing a data breach. These companies lack the expertise or resources to address the cyber landscape. Bankers now offers Cyber Liability coverage with a $0 deductible as an addendum to your current or new BOP. Our Cyber Liability program includes cyber awareness training, data handling, breach response training, and more for your staff.

Read more about our Cyber Liability Insurance here. Call 800.627.0000 x 4900 for an agency near you or visit https://bigidinfo.com/.

Don’t forget October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. The NICCS has provided a large number of resources for personal and business use. You can find this information and more on their website here.