Wildfires Can Occur Anywhere

bigstock-Nature-burning-27273791According to the Federal Government, almost 90 percent of the wildfires in the United States are caused by humans.  Wildfires can occur in the country and major cities. Wild fires can start in a vacant lot and spread to neighborhood very quickly. From January 1 to March 31, 2017, there were 13,458 wildfires, compared to 9,218 wildfires in the same period in 2016. Source; iii.org

Wildfires And Homeowner’s Insurance

Unlike earthquakes and floods, wildfire damage should not require a completely separate policy, and probably does not even require a high risk policy. It is a good idea, however, to know what your homeowner’s policy does cover.  In many cases wildfires are covered, but it is always good to call your agent for a homeowner’s insurance review.

If your homeowner’s policy covers wildfires it would normally protect the building and contents from a covered loss. In addition, you will need additional living expenses if you must leave your home during re-construction.

Wildfire Prevention

Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create a plan for your family. Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated.

  • Use fire resistant materials for roof and home construction.
  • Keep wood piles at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Create a 100 foot safety zone around your home.
  • Prune trees within 15 feet of any chimney outlet.
  • Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste. Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check. Remove all flammables from your yard when burning.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Keep roofs and gutters clean and free from debris.
  • Have a ladder that reaches your roof.
  • Have an extra-long hose.
  • Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.
  • Back as many vehicles as possible into the garage, then close the door. In the event that you evacuate, remember to close the garage door behind you as you leave. If you do not have a garage or if yours is full, park your vehicles heading in the direction of the evacuation route.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

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Don’t Overcook That Beef!

grilling-1081675_1920Everyone in the North Bay loves a barbeque. Summer is here and we know that many of you are already firing up your grill and bringing on the steaks. But be safe when grilling. Did you know that in 2017, there were over 8,000 home fires that started from grills? 27% of these were stated on a balcony or porch. Every year, over 7,000 people are injured while grilling.

Summer is also a good time to complete a home insurance review. We can make sure that you have the right combination of price, coverage, and service.

 Grilling Safety Tips

 Thoroughly clean your gill before you start a new season of grilling.

  • Always check for leaks on gas grills.
  • Keep paper and other flammables away from the grill.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Never BBQ inside, in a garage, on the roof or on a second story deck.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Open the grill lid before you light it.
  • Don’t wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher outside or close by.
  • Never bring the propane tank into the house.
  • Make sure you use the grill at least10 feet away from your house.
  • Don’t overindulge in alcohol while barbecuing.
  • Always clean your grill after every use. Don’t allow grease to build up.

North Bay Insurance Brokers is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure. Our Home Insurance coverage options include:

  • Property Insurance
  • Homeowners Liability
  • Renters Insurance
  • Condo Insurance
  • Mobile Home Insurance
  • Scheduled Property Insurance
  • Landlords Insurance
  • In-Home Business Insurance

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

How Can That Be Stolen?

We have all heard of identity theft as it relates to individuals. Most of us have some form of identity theft protection just in case. However, businesses are now facing the same kind of risk, only as it relates to their business. The emerging risk includes; business tax fraud, trademark issues, website hacks, and credit card fraud.

Experts are telling us that criminals are combining stolen data and creating tax returns in the name of the business. According to the IRS, the total losses in 2017 were $270 million.

We recommend that you have our agency complete a business insurance and risk review to determine your exposure and create a plan of action. Our solutions might include the following.

Cyber Risk Insurance

Cyber insurance can cover your businesses cyber exposure through a cyber breach. This could include a data breach, loss of client’s information and the costs associated with reporting and restoration. Cyber risk insurance can also cover.

  • Media Liability
  • Error & Omission Insurance
  • Regulatory Defense & Penalties
  • Extortion & Ransomware coverage
  • Data Breach Response Costs
  • Business Interruption
  • Network Security Coverage

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

mistake-1966448_1920A Homeowners Insurance Update

We all know how to keep our home safe from fires, burglars and other major homeowner’s risks. Your homeowner’s insurance covers many different kinds of losses. Cooking, candles, and smoking are the biggest causes of house fires in the United States. However, there are a few hazards around the home that many of us don’t think about.

9volt Batteries

9volt batteries can create fire when exposed to many kinds of metal. Keep 9volt batteries stored in a plastic container.

Smoke Alarms That Are Not Working

A large percentage of homes fires go un-noticed because of smoke alarms that don’t work. A working smoke alarm can be your best defense to notify you of a fire.

Dryers

Over 20% of home fires start as a result of poorly vented or dust filled dryer vents. Check your dryer vent every time you use your dryer.

Candles

Candles left unattended are also a major cause of home fires. If you use candles, make sure they are kept away from flammable items and blow out before you leave the room.

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

You Break It You Buy It Works Only On T.V.

egg-943413_1920A North Bay Business Insurance Update

If you are in the business of designing, manufacturing, servicing, selling, and distributing any product there are risks involved. When the product you represent causes injury or damage to a another person or business, you need insurance protection. Depending on the insurance coverage you have, you may not be adequately protected from a product liability claim arising out of your actions. Many “standard” insurance policies have limitations for product liability claims. For example, a contractor installed windows in a custom home, and 9 months later the windows leaked, causing thousands of dollars of damage. The window manufacturer said their windows are fine; it was the installation that was done incorrectly. The contractor may be held responsible for the damage. Product liability insurance would provide protection in this case.

Our experienced and licensed staff will work with you to help find the right commercial insurance and solutions for your business. Our team can work with most business; we know and understand your industry.

What is product liability insurance?

Product liability insurance can provide protection from damages, injury, claims, and other liability arising out of the selling, distributing, manufacturing, servicing and design of products. Damages can include bodily injury, property damage, and even death.

An essential feature of product liability insurance is the legal defense coverage. The cost to defend an allegation can create a strain on your firm’s resources.

Claims can come from any of the following:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Breach of warranty
  • Failure to warn
  • A defect in design or manufacturing
  • Material defect
  • Failure to provide adequate instructions

Classes of businesses we work with:

  • Contractors
  • Artisan Contractors
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurants
  • Distributors
  • Food Processors
  • Wood Products
  • Automotive
  • Sporting Goods
  • And More

We have a number of highly rated insurance companies to select from. Call us today for more information.

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

 

We Know Farm Insurance

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Most traditional insurance products don’t respond the needs of farm, winery, and ranch operations. These can include; special farm equipment, manufacturing equipment, stable liability, dairy exposure, cattle and other livestock mortality exposures, high valued homes, livestock breeder’s floater to name just a few. Farms are exposed to two unique additional exposures: Pollution and Agritourism.

Agritourism activities include everything from a bed and breakfast, weddings, a corn maze, educational field trips, a store or wine tasting, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. Liability suits are sometimes large enough to shut entire farm operations down. This is why it is so important to know your clients are properly insured. Your farm has increased liability, by having visitors.

Pollution-Farms and ranches need to manage the environmental impact of    farming on the land, including minimizing waste production and use of water on crops and livestock. Discharges from manure pits and fuel leaks from storage tanks are not covered by your typical insurance policy.

When you call our firm you will get a professional who knows and understand your business. We know you are responsible to your clients for providing the best possible combination of coverage, price and services. We take that responsibility seriously.

Your farm is your livelihood, and you can never be too cautious. Since an accident can happen when you least expect it, it’s important to be prepared when potential problems arise. By being proactive with a proper farm policy, your equipment, buildings, and even lost income can be covered in the event that an unforeseen circumstance disrupts your operations.

Whether you’re a local grower or a large cultivator, we understand the value of insuring your greatest asset. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re dedicated to providing the agricultural coverage and services you need to keep your farm or ranch protected – so you can focus on maintaining a smooth operation.

 

Hold Your Horses… We Do All The Work!

horse-1006376_1920How To Prepare For A Personal Insurance Quote

We have all heard the advice “knowledge is power,” and in the personal insurance world, this is very true.  The more information we have as your personal insurance agent, the better and more competitively priced your personal insurance will be.  Keep this in mind as you prepare for your agent to quote your personal insurance.

Here Is the Good News

We will do all the heavy lifting for you.  All you need to do is have your information ready to give to your agent.  This may be information you already have at your fingertips, or information that is listed on your current personal insurance policies.  Then, we will do all the rest for you.

Now if you were going to try to apply for insurance online, the process is much more complex.  Not only would you have to know what information you need, but also how and where to use it to obtain the most competitive personal insurance products.

Keys to Getting the Best Price on Your Personal Insurance

Use an independent agent.  An independent agent has a number of advantages going for them.  Find an agent who has experience with the kind of insurance you need.  Your agent should be licensed and have an office you can visit if needed.

Benefits of Independent Agents:

  • They are not employed or controlled by any one insurance company.
  • These agents have access to dozens of markets.
  • They are locally owned; which means they live and work in your community.
  • When you call the office of an independent agent, you can talk to a licensed professional who cares about you.
  • Independent agents are a one-stop-shop for all of your personal insurance needs.
  • You get a choice of products and insurance companies that best suits your needs.
  • They not only find you competitively priced personal insurance, but they also make sure you have coverage that is designed for your individual situation.

Be honest concerning your personal information – Agents are held to strict confidentially standards.  We will never share your personal information with anyone with your permission.

Provide Information to Your Agent

There will be some necessary information needed for your agent to provide options for you. This information will vary based on the kind of personal insurance products you desire. Here are some of the types of information you may need to provide:

Homeowners Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Description of home
  • Any repairs or upgrades
  • Current condition and amenities
  • Age of roof and furnace, etc

Life Insurance

  • Health history
  • Family health history
  • Any illness

Auto Insurance

  • Personal information
  • Driving history
  • Vehicle use and description

Remember, knowledge is power.  Therefore, the more information your agent has the better pricing and coverage they will provide for you.  North Bay Insurance Brokers. is your trusted solution for homeowner’s insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.