Protect Yourself While Using Public Wi-Fi

Safety suggestions for connecting to public W-Fi networks.student on phone

While you might not think twice about connecting to the Wi-Fi at your local café, it’s important to remember that using public Wi-Fi networks are can be risky.  To ensure that you protect yourself, make sure you employ these public Wi-Fi safety tips.

  • Moderate Your Actions While on Public Wi-Fi

When you are using public Wi-Fi networks, scrolling through social media and watching YouTube videos is pretty harmless.  However, you should avoid activities that require you to insert payment information, access password-protected accounts, or deal with your sensitive data.  These online activities should be saved for when you are at home and can use your own private, protected network.

  • Use Secure Connections

Another way to stay safe while on public Wi-Fi networks is by only browsing sites that have an “https” URL.  Https sites are encrypted while the normal http ones are not.  In other words, https sites offer an extra layer of security that protects your data and keeps you hidden from hackers and online criminals.

  • Activate Two-Factor Authentication

Many websites now offer users the option to take extra security steps to prove their identity before accessing the site or the user’s personal account.  For instance, before accessing your Facebook account, the site will ask for your password before emailing or texting you an additional code that you need to enter before allowing you to log in.  While activating this extra step takes more time, the extra security is worth it in the end.

These are some of the things that you should do to protect yourself while using public Wi-Fi networks.  Are you looking for another way to protect yourself?  Then make sure you have the right personal insurance in place.  For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Protecting Your Pets This Summer

Keeping your furry friends safe this summer.dog sticking head out the window

Now that summer weather is here, you are probably excited to go out and enjoy the warm weather with your pets.  However, it’s important to remember that summer poses certain risks to your four-legged friends.  Here are some of the safety suggestions that you should keep in mind to protect your pets this season.

Know the Signs of Overheating

Cats and dogs can get overheated if they are exposed to direct sunlight or are running around in high temperatures for extended periods of time.  If your pets are playing outside, it’s important that you keep an eye out for potential signs of heat exhaustion.  Your cat’s temperature should be between 100.4° to 102.5°, while your dog should range between 100° and 103°.  Early signs of overheating include the following:

  • Heavy panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Thick drool
  • Diarrhea
  • Wobbly legs

If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet inside or move them to the shade.  Offer them a drink and lay a damp towel over their body to bring their temperature down.  Avoid putting your pet in cool water as this could put them into shock.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

If you are taking your pet with you as you run errands, it’s vital that you do not leave them alone in an unventilated car.  As a car can heat up to over 100° in a matter of minutes, you should not leave them even for a short amount of time.  Even if you leave your car running with the air turned on, there’s no telling what might happen.  Your battery could die, leaving your poor pet to suffer and potentially die.  So, either plan of taking your pet with you everywhere or leave them at home.

Apply Sunscreen

While surprising, it’s true that pets can get a sunburn.  This is especially common with breeds that have short, or light-colored hair.  If you are planning to spend the day out with your pet, then make sure that you protect them with sunscreens that are specially formulated for pets.  Reapply every 3-4 hours (more frequently if your pet gets wet) and focus the sunscreen in less furry spots like their stomachs, ears, and nose.

Here are some of the summer pet safety tips that you should keep in mind.  Want another way to protect your pets and other loved ones?  Then secure the right personal insurance coverages.  For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Try out these suggestions to get your home ready for the change in seasons.Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

With spring on its way, it’s time to get your home ready for the change in seasons.  Not sure which home maintenance tasks you should complete to get ready for spring?  Then crossing these items off your to-do list is a great place to start.

  • Inspect Your Roof

Now that the weather is a little clearer, you should take the opportunity to inspect your roof for signs of damage and wear.   By taking the time to replace damaged or missing shingles and patch up cracks, you can ensure that your roof holds up against spring showers.

  • Examine Your Concrete

This spring, you should also check the concrete of your driveway and walkways for cracks and other damages.  Because cracks in your concrete can trap water and direct it towards your home’s foundation, it’s important that you repair these damages asap.  Simply applying concrete crack filler or silicone caulk will seal up your concrete and keep your home safe.

  • Check Your Power Equipment

The return of nice weather means that you will probably be spending a lot more time on yard maintenance and landscaping.  However, before you undertake these tasks, it important to check your power equipment and make sure that it’s working properly.  For instance, you should check things like your lawn mower, hedge clippers, chainsaw, and so on.  Making sure this equipment is well-maintained will ensure that your yard work goes much more smoothly.

These are some 0f the home maintenance tasks that you should take care of in preparation for spring.  Want another way to take care of your home this season? Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance protections in place.  For assistance with your home coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services for assistance today.

Happy Holidays from Miller Carlisle Insurance Services

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.Happy Holidays from Miller Carlisle Insurance Services

With the holidays finally here, we at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season. Of course, being safe is extremely important this time of year. As experts in risk management and insurance, we know exactly how to keep our clients safe from all the risks they face. Try out these safety tips to protect the people and things that matter most to you this holiday season.

Fire Safety

  • If you want to light up your fireplace this winter, make sure you are taking all the necessary safety measures. Please refer to our blog “Winter Fireplace and Chimney Care” for some helpful safety tips.
  • Do not use real candles to decorate your home; having lit candles increases your home’s risk for fire significantly. Instead, try using electric or flameless candles to decorate.
  • If you want to decorate your home with lights, make sure you inspect each light for damages. Discard any strings of light with broken bulbs, frayed cords, or exposed wires, as they pose a fire risk for your home.
  • When cooking, never leave your stove or oven unattended while they are switched on.

Traveling Safety

  • Before you set out on a winter road trip, make sure you have your car inspected by a professional. This will reduce your chances of breaking down in the midst of your journey.
  • Check the weather conditions you will encounter on your drive. Then, make sure your car is properly equipped to deal with these conditions. For instance, if you are expected to encounter snow, make sure your car is equipped with winter tires, snow chains, and heavy-duty windshield wipers.
  • During your drive you are sure to encounter drivers who are behaving unsafely. Do not engage with these drivers or react in a fit of rage. Instead, do your best to avoid them and drive defensively when you are near them.

Home Security Safety

  • If you are going to be away during the holidays, keep your plans under wraps. You do not want to advertise that your home will be uninhabited for days at a time.
  • While you are gone, hire a house sitter or ask a friend to collect your mail and check on your home every day. This will reduce your chances of a break-in while you are gone.
  • Another way to protect against a home invasion is by installing a home security system.

These are some of the safety tips we urge you to take this holiday season. Want another way to stay safe? Make sure you have the right personal insurance protections in place. For assistance will all your coverage needs, contact us at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Smart Hacks for Defrosting Your Car’s Windshield

Here are some of the tips you should try to defrost your windshield this winter.Smart Hacks for Defrosting Your Car’s Windshield

If you cannot keep your car inside this winter, you will have to deal with a fresh layer of frost or ice on your windshield every morning. While this is annoying, having a clear windshield is essential for safe driving. To ensure you drive safely this winter, here are some of the suggestions you should try to quickly and effectively remove ice and frost from your car’s windshield.

1) Ice Scraper

Using an ice scraper is the most tried and true ice removal method. Most scrapers feature a scraper to remove thick sheets of ice while the opposite end features a soft brush that you can use to clear away snow. Make sure you use each side for their respective jobs to avoid scratches on your glass or paint.

2) De-Icing Fluid

If the scraping method is too time-consuming, you can facilitate the process by using a chemical de-icer. While you can purchase this liquid at your local auto or hardware store, you can also make your own with ingredients you already have in your home. To make your own de-icer, combine one part water with two parts isopropyl alcohol. Spray this mixture onto your windshield and the ice should simply melt away.

3) Warm Water

If the ice on your car is particularly stubborn, you can pour warm water onto your windshield to melt it down slightly. However, you need to be very careful if you are using this method. Applying water that’s too hot could cause your glass to shatter. Be cautious and only use water that is lukewarm at its hottest.

These are some of the suggestions you should try to quickly and effectively de-ice your car’s windshield this winter. Want another way to drive safety this season? Make sure you have the right auto insurance protections in place. For assistance with all your car coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Seniors, Stay Safe This Winter

As temperatures drop, seniors should take extra precautions to ensure their safety.Seniors, Stay Safe This Winter

Just as cold weather conditions can wreak havoc on our homes and the world around us, it can also affect our bodies. As we age, our bodies become increasingly susceptible to the cold. This means that seniors need to take additional health and safety precautions when temperatures drop. Here are some of the things seniors should do to protect themselves.

Watch Out for Ice

As you get older, your bones become more brittle, making you more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Broken hips are a particularly common injury for the elderly, usually caused by a slip or a fall. During winter, patches of ice can make it dangerous for anyone to walk around outside. However, it is especially dangerous for seniors who could easily break a hip or another bone during a fall. The best way to avoid slipping and falling is by staying vigilant and avoiding walking over patches of ice. Ice isn’t the only slipping risk that seniors face this winter, as wet or snowy ground can also increase the chances of slipping. To reduce your chances of taking a nasty fall, make sure you are wearing shoes with non-skid soles every time you venture outside.

Stay Warm

Older individuals can lose body heat very rapidly, making them more vulnerable to hypothermia. Additionally, because your body and immune system are not as strong as they once were, hypothermia can lead to many other serious medical concerns. For instance, it could result in a heart attack, kidney problems, and, in the most extreme cases, death. This is why it’s so important for seniors to keep their body temperatures up. You can accomplish this by keeping the heat on inside your home, and by dressing in layers. When you wear multiple layers, you have an easier time trapping your body heat and staying adequately warm.

These are some of the things seniors can do to stay healthy and safe this winter. Looking for another way to take care of yourself this season? Make sure you have the right personal insurance protections in place. For assistance with your coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Fall Health Tips

Take care of yourself this fall with these health and wellness tips.Fall Health Tips

As temperatures get cooler, you might be tempted to slack on your healthy lifestyle in favor of cuddling up on the couch with warm comfort foods. However, it’s important that you stay fit and healthy no matter the season. Here are some of the things you can do to take care of yourself this fall.

Change Up Your Exercise Routine

Doing the same exercises day after day can get tedious after a while. To combat boredom, change things up this fall. For instance, try incorporating new outdoor activities such as hiking and bike riding into your normal workout rotation. Even activities such as raking leaves and working in the yard can be considered exercise, so be creative and you’ll find it easier to stay active all season long.

Load Up on Seasonal Produce

As the weather gets colder, you might be more inclined to swap out salads and light meals in favor of richer, hardier fare. However, this does not mean that your diet has to be completely compromised. Many seasonal fall fruits and veggies do well in stews, soups, and other heavier dishes. So, the next time you are preparing dinner, toss in some sweet potatoes, kale, cauliflower, or squash, to make your meal healthier.

Protect Against the Cold and Flu

Fall is the beginning of cold and flu season, which is why you need to pay more attention to your overall health. You can stave off colds by getting enough sleep, eating properly, taking the proper vitamins, and so on. The best way to protect against the flu is by getting your annual flu vaccination. Get your flu shot as soon as possible, and you will be protected all season long.

These are some of the things that you should do to stay healthy this fall. Want another way to take care of yourself? Make sure you have the proper personal insurance in place. For assistance with your coverage needs, contact the team at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.