2 Thief Deterrents That Work (and 2 to Avoid)

Do the best you can to stop thieves from targeting and breaking into your home with these 4 helpful hints.

Approximately every 15 seconds a home burglary occurs somewhere in the U.S. That means that in the 5 minutes it will take you to read this post, there will be 40 homes that will have been victims to burglars. That’s a rather startling statistic and should be a sign to take immediate steps to fortify your home. Think of your home as an ogre, or better yet, an onion: there should be many layers, each one a different enough to make a thief cry. To keep your home safe, here are two thief deterrents you should consider, and two that you’ll want to avoid.

The ones that work.

  1. Locks

Don’t be frugal when it comes to your locks because they are the first things the burglars will try out. If they are weak, then you have basically invited the thieves in. A locksmith can recommend the strongest, best locks for your home.

  1. Alarm

A home security alarm is one of the best ways to stop burglars from targeting your home. Several different systems are available at various prices, so choose the one that’s right for you.

The ones that don’t.

  1. Posting Alarm Signs

Why would you give the burglars information about your security system? This may provide them with enough information to bypass your system if they are the tech savvy sort of burglars.

  1. Hiding Your Valuables in the Bedroom

This is the oldest cliché in the book. Thieves aren’t likely to say, “Hey wait; that’s the master bedroom, we can’t go in there!” and will most exclusively be looking in your bedroom.

For all of your home insurance coverage needs to keep your home safe this summer and beyond, contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency. We will work with you to ensure you have the coverage that you deserve, all at the right price to fit your budget.

3 Ways to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

How do you protect your skin from the giant star in the center of our solar system?

Do you think 93 million miles is far away enough from something to have no effect on you? Normally, you’d be correct. But when that thing is 4.4 nonillion pounds (or a four followed by THIRTY zeros) and also induces nuclear fusion at its core, you’re going to feel a little heat. While the sun’s rays may feel good, they’re no friend to your skin. The sun produces ultraviolet rays which are harmful to your cells and give you wrinkles, age spots, and they’re the top cause of skin cancer. Poetic, isn’t it? The thing that we depend on for life can also take it away. Is there a way to stop this? Luckily for us, science has pulled through again and offered a solution to this problem! Here are three ways to protect your skin from the sun.

How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

  1. Wear sunscreen every day in all weather conditions and every season. We know it may sound like overkill, but ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate through clouds and penetrate deep into your skin to cause slight mutations in your DNA, which could lead to cancer.
  2. Wear sunglasses with total UV protection. Unless you want searing pain in your eyeballs, you can’t apply sunscreen to them. Quality sunglasses will do the trick and block the harmful UV rays from damaging your eyes.
  3. Check your skin regularly and spot for any weird spots, growths, and freckles; they could be a sign of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is a very serious problem you should not take lightly. It’s important to protect yourself from it as much as possible. Do you have the correct health insurance plan for your current or future needs? Contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency for a tailored policy to suit you in California.

Tips on Making Your Summer Hire in California Easier

Many employers hire seasonal workers to help them with their increased business during the summer.

Summer employees may not be very hard to come by, but finding the right qualified employees can be a tough process. Not only do employers have to decide the demographics of the temporary help they need, but they also have to know where they’re going to find and train them in a quick and cost-effective manner. If you’re planning on hiring a summer employee, but don’t exactly know where to start, here are three tips to soothe your hiring pains.

  1. Decide on how you will reach them. There are many platforms that people use to look for work. If you want to reach out as many people as possible, you’re going to have to think outside of the box. On your job description, explain your ideal candidate: motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about your brand.
  2. Determine who you will hire. There could be as many as hundreds of applicants, and not all of them will be qualified. In fact, it’s safe to assume that the majority of applicants will not be qualified and are a waste of your time. Look for keywords on their resumés that match your company’s brand and mission statement.
  3. Invest in training for the new employee(s). It’s important that you think long term when you train the seasonal employees because any one of them could become full-time employees by summer’s end. Choose to invest big, since these employees will have the same impact on customers as regular employees.

Summer employees are just like regular employees. Thus, they need to be insured. Contact the experts at Stromsoe Insurance Agency for all of your business insurance coverage needs. We will work with you to ensure you have the right amount of protection, all at the right price to fit your budget.

Maintenance Tips in California for Your Summer “Toys”

Your summer toys need to be maintained for them to function properly during the summer.

Summer is in full swing, and if you haven’t already taken out your summer toys for a stroll, you’re likely going to do it soon. RVs, motorcycles, and boats all need routine maintenance before you take them out. Vehicles’ condition in storage changes over time—despite its non-use. Here are some maintenance tips you can use to make sure that your summer toys stay in good shape and stay operational.

Maintenance Tips

RVs

  • If your RV wasn’t maintained indoors, away from the elements, it’s important to do a walk-around and inspect any damage that was done while in storage.
  • Be aware of any air, fuel, coolant, filters, or hydraulics that need to be replaced.
  • Clean your RV from the inside to make sure there was no perishables or mold growing in your RV.

Motorcycles

  • Even though the weather may be warm, it’s important that you always wear the appropriate gear to keep you as safe as possible.
  • Before refilling your gas tank, make sure to look for any rust or condensation that may have built up over the winter months. The sooner you catch these issues, the easier you can get them fixed.
  • Make sure that all your lights (tail, blinkers, instrument panel, and headlights) are functioning properly. Your visibility decreases—, especially at night.

Boats

  • Wipe down the hull, deck, topsides, and windows.
  • De-winterize your engine and check the oil and filters to see if they need to be replaced.
  • Test all onboard electronics like your radio, compass, GPS, and depth finder to ensure they work properly.

You need to make sure that your summer toys function properly to avoid any disasters that could be quite costly. For all of your motor vehicle insurance needs in California, be sure to contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency. We are more than happy to help you get the coverage you deserve!