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Wildfire Emergency Evacuation Checklist

by American Modern September 01, 2020

During an emergency, there may be little or no time to think about what you need to do. This checklist is designed to help you prepare and respond...


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8 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Wildfire

by American Modern August 26, 2020

Wildfires happen quickly. Sometimes it's only a matter of seconds from spark to blaze. And once a fire begins, it can spread at a rate of up to...


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7 Safety Tips for Pet Owners During Hurricane Season

by American Modern August 12, 2020

Let’s be real, if a situation is dangerous for you, it’s going to be dangerous for your pets too. This is especially true during hurricane season. Hurricanes, as...


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Your Collector Car & Hurricanes: What You Should Know

by American Modern August 10, 2020

August and September are prime months for hurricanes. Your state’s emergency management agency, or the local Red Cross office, can provide detailed emergency planning information for your life...


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Help Protect Your Home with Fire-Resistant Landscaping

by American Modern August 05, 2020

Californians are no strangers to wildfires. In 2019 alone, 8,194 wildfires burned 259,148 acres in the Golden State, according to the Insurance Information Institute. With that in mind,...


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Rethink The Word “Valuables”

by American Modern July 19, 2020

Cash and jewelry aren’t the only items on thief’s must-have list. There are a lot of “soft” targets you may not have considered, too. Check out this list...


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6 Wildfire Evacuation Preparation Tips

by American Modern July 14, 2020

The 2018 wildfire season was one of the most devastating on record, and totaled  more than $16 billion in damages. While wildfire season often occurs during the summer,...


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6 Smart Devices to Protect Your Home

by Shannon Lewandowski July 13, 2020

Summertime is vacation season. But being away can cause extra worries when it comes to home security. Whether you’re gearing up for the beach, heading to the lake,...


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11 Pool Safety Tips to Help Avoid Accidents

by American Modern July 13, 2020

As the days get longer and the temps continue to rise, one thing is clear: Summer fun is right around the corner. For people who own pools and...


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Smart Thermostats: Heat-beaters and Money-savers

by Shannon Lewandowski July 12, 2020

Summer’s here and temperatures are on the rise. If you’re looking for new ways to beat the heat, a smart thermostat might be the right solution: It can...


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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Likely To Be More Severe Than Usual

by American Modern July 08, 2020

Current forecasts predict that the upcoming hurricane season will be more severe than the long-term average. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes making landfall would pose additional challenges to...


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Dos and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

by American Modern July 05, 2020

"We live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” – Buzz McCallister, Home Alone Over the...


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Create a Five-Foot Buffer to Help Protect Your Home from Wildfires

by American Modern July 01, 2020

People living in California are keenly familiar with the risk of wildfire. Of the 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk, more than 2 million of...


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Your Guide to Summer Maintenance

by American Modern June 21, 2020

With the first day of summer approaching, there's no better time to start tackling some home maintenance projects. There are all sorts of things you can do to...


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Prepare Your Pool for Child Safety

by American Modern May 26, 2020

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely that you and your kids are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. Here are some...


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Pet Tips for Apartment Living

by American Modern May 20, 2020

According to the LA Times, more than 70% of apartment renters own pets, with cats and dogs being the most popular types. Regardless of whether you’re a cat-...


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Tips to Make Your Adventure Safer

by Rick Drewry May 19, 2020

The weather’s getting better fast and that means there’s just one question everyone is asking: Who’s ready to ride? Of course, lots of great questions follow that one:...


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6 Simple Steps Can Help Minimize Your Exposure to Wildfires

by American Modern May 06, 2020

Wildfire risk used to be seasonal, but in many states, it is now a year-round risk. Brush and forest fires cause extensive damage every year, and it’s not...


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Spring Flood Protection: How to Secure Your Home

by American Modern April 26, 2020

April showers bring May flowers – and sometimes a little flooding as well. While it's true that spring rains are great for new plant growth – which is...


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A 5-Point, “Road Ready” Checklist For Collector Car Agents And Enthusiasts

by Rick Drewry April 26, 2020

Now that the weather is nice, collector car owners everywhere are itching to take their showpiece for a joyride. Before they do, here are a few tips you...


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Tie-Downs are Crucial for Manufactured Homes

by American Modern April 20, 2020

Tie-downs are crucial when it comes to the safety of any manufactured home. Because manufactured homes are very lightweight, strong winds are more likely to get under and...


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A 15-Step Guide to Preparing Your Motorcycle For Spring

by Rick Drewry April 09, 2020

Spring is in the air, and those motorcycle enthusiasts stuck in colder states are itching to take their bikes out for that first-ride-of-the-season cruise. If your bike has...


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7 Steps to Get Your Classic Car Ready for Spring

by Rick Drewry April 05, 2020

Spring has sprung! That means it’s time to start thinking about getting your classic cars and trucks ready for the season. (more…)


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Your Guide to Spring Maintenance

by American Modern March 31, 2020

After this cold and gray winter, you’re surely looking forward to brighter days, spring blooms, and lots of sunshine. And while spring may not have sprung quite yet,...


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Earthquakes Can Happen Anywhere. Are You Ready?

by American Modern March 10, 2020

People living in earthquake-prone areas are generally more aware of earthquake safety than others. Consider California and its history of earthquakes, for instance. Awareness of the risk is...


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Why Skirting is a MUST For Manufactured Homes

by American Modern March 08, 2020

When choosing a manufactured home that fits your style and needs, it’s important to remember to buy and install the skirting. Not only is the skirting used to...


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5 Steps to Cut Your Water Heating Bills

by American Modern February 20, 2020

Did you know that heating water for your faucets, showers and appliances can consume up to 20% of your home’s energy? That’s a big slice of any homeowner’s...


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Protect Your Pocket from Costly Home Repairs – like HVAC and Appliances

by American Modern February 19, 2020

In today’s world, we are all looking for more customizable options. Whether you’re building your computer’s system, picking out a band for your fitness tracker, or deciding if...


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How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?

by American Modern February 05, 2020

With several storms hitting the country in the past few weeks there might be quite a bit of snow on your roof.  The question: Can your roof handle...


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Heat Up Valentine’s Day Without Burning Down Your Home

by American Modern February 03, 2020

Candles and romance go hand in hand on Valentine’s Day, but what starts as a warm glow could escalate into a dangerous fire. Although candles account for a...


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10 Tips for Space Heater Safety

by American Modern February 03, 2020

While we all hope Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, is right about spring’s early arrival, it’s likely the cold temperatures are still coming our way. People use space heaters...


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7 Tips For Safer Online Shopping

by American Modern January 17, 2020

Use the following 7 tips to help keep your information secure while shopping online, and share them with your friends and family too! (more…)


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Safety Tips For Using Public Wi-Fi

by American Modern January 17, 2020

Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are 3 tips to...


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4 Ways to Stay Ahead of Smartphone Hackers

by American Modern January 17, 2020

Did you know that Americans check their phone on average 80 times a day? Surprising, right? Unfortunately, the amount of times that our phones can be compromised is...


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Cyber Risks: 3 Trends You Need To Be Aware Of

by American Modern January 17, 2020

Internet of Things (IoT) , 5G and smart devices are all part of the modern digital transformation process of homes and businesses worldwide. But with potential opportunities, there...


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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Data

by American Modern January 17, 2020

Social media makes it easy for you leave a trail of personal information that you may not want to share with advertisers, analytics companies or people other than...


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Prevent Frozen Pipes

by American Modern January 13, 2020

Freezing temperatures. Whiteout storms. Icy roads. And, worst of all, frozen pipes. While you’re probably going to have to tough out the first three, with a little know-how...


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End-of-the-Year Insurance Checklist

by American Modern December 26, 2019

At the end of each year, we are whisked through a series of holiday celebrations, all leading up to the most contemplative day of the year: New Year’s...


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3 Things To Do Before Getting Rid of Your Old Device

by American Modern December 20, 2019

Thinking about getting a new smartphone for your kids or spouse as a gift this holiday season? Or maybe you want to treat yourself to the newest version...


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How To Keep Your Home (and Santa) Safe from a Chimney Fire

by American Modern December 14, 2019

The tradition of Santa Claus entering people’s homes through the chimney goes back to pre-Christian times when European folklore characters were believed to use the chimney to deliver...


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11 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

by American Modern December 14, 2019

It’s likely you are revving up for this holiday season’s festivities with as much spirit and drive as Santa himself. You’ve found the perfect tree. The holiday bins...


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9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips

by American Modern December 13, 2019

If you have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably recall the tragic scene where Clark goes into the living room to find the string lights on the Christmas...


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7 Tips for Safer Cyber Monday Shopping

by American Modern November 25, 2019

Cyber Monday may be a few days away, but most online shopping retailers start to offer discounts and deals on Black Friday, or even a week before.  And...


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7 Tips to Help Prevent Theft During the Holidays and Beyond

by American Modern November 25, 2019

Each year more than 100 million Americans travel for the year-end holidays. Moreover, insurance claims peak toward the end of the year, mostly due to holiday travels and...


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Seasonal Cheer without Fire Fear

by American Modern November 25, 2019

Many of us take Christmas tree traditions very seriously. It is no wonder that trees are the centerpiece of our holidays and add a touch of magic and...


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Thanksgiving: How Not to Be Gobbled Up by Thanksgiving Day Fiascos

by American Modern November 20, 2019

So, you’ve offered to host Thanksgiving this year. Hats off to you! Now for the fun part…a long list of holiday to-dos like braving the grocery store, ordering...


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5 Easy Steps to Help Winterize Your Home

by American Modern November 18, 2019

Winter is right around the corner, follow these 5 simple home winterization steps to help save money and energy. (more…)


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Turkey Deep-Frying Safety

by American Modern November 17, 2019

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s no doubt that you have already started putting together a grocery list for the perfect holiday dinner. While sides like green...


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9 Steps to Winterizing Your Collector Vehicle

by Rick Drewry November 06, 2019

In most of the country, cold weather is here to stay, so it's likely time to prepare your ride for hibernation. And because collector cars don’t live the...


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Your Guide to Winter Maintenance

by American Modern November 04, 2019

Although winter officially begins with the Solstice on December 21st, many states have already experienced their fair share of freezing temperatures and snowfall. Before the weather becomes even...


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How To Winterize Your Motorcycle in 7 Simple Steps

by Rick Drewry November 04, 2019

Cold temperatures are settling in, which means motorcycle riding season is coming to an end. Unless you live in the southwest or southern states, odds are you will...


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4 Tips to Help You Stay Ahead of Smartphone Hackers

by American Modern October 24, 2019

Did you know that Americans check their phone on average 80 times a day? Surprising, right? Unfortunately, the amount of times that our phones can be compromised is...


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How To Treat These 3 Cyber Tricks

by American Modern October 24, 2019

Halloween is a few short days away, and under the cover of the dark web, cyber criminals are refining their sinister methods. And they’re only getting more sneaky and...


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Safety Tips For Using Public Wi-Fi

by American Modern October 24, 2019

Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are 3 tips to...


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Halloween Hacks that Protect against Rental Property Nightmares

by American Modern October 23, 2019

So, you’ve done the hard part and purchased a rental property. You’ve bought deadbolts, security devices, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to keep your tenants safe. You’ve also...


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10 Safety Tips To Follow During Halloween

by American Modern October 23, 2019

The apples have been bobbed, the pumpkins are carved, the cobwebs are hung, and the spooky movie marathon has been viewed, leading up to one of the most...


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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control of Your Data

by American Modern October 16, 2019

Since October is Cyber Awareness Month, we are continuing to share various cyber and online safety tips to help keep Internet safety top of mind. Social media makes...


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Fire Prevention Week: Kitchen Fires

by American Modern October 09, 2019

Did you know that October 6th  through October 12th  is National Fire Prevention week? While it may not be something you’re going to actually celebrate, it’s a great...


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Cyber Risks: 3 Trends You Need To Be Aware Of

by American Modern October 07, 2019

October is Cyber Awareness Month, so we’ve put these trends together to inform you of potential cyber risks, and to help keep you and your customers safe. (more…)


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New Policyholder Online Tool to Report Lost Contents

by American Modern September 24, 2019

As part of the company’s focus on improving the customer experience, American Modern has launched an online solution for policyholders who want to file a claim for lost...


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Your Guide to Fall Home Maintenance

by American Modern September 22, 2019

Fall is finally here! Most of you are probably excited for cooler weather, and various fall season activities: pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses, apple picking and...


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Is Your Motorcycle Coverage a Perfect Fit?

by Rick Drewry August 22, 2019

Not all bikes are the same. Insurance isn’t all the same, either. Picking good motorcycle insurance is more than just choosing between comp and collision or liability-only. Here...


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American Modern Names New Chief Claims Officer

by American Modern July 23, 2019

Amelia, Ohio, July 22, 2019 American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. (American Modern) announced the appointment of Eric Hunziker as Chief Claims Officer effective July 1, 2019. Hunziker will...


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New Digital Video Solution To Help Resolve Losses

by American Modern July 08, 2019

Today we announced a new digital technology that allows customers to use a mobile device to virtually connect with their claims adjuster that could help to more quickly...


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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. The Final Part.

by American Modern June 28, 2019

The 4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can create dangerous situations. The final...


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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 4: Grill Safety.

by American Modern June 27, 2019

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 3: Sun Safety.

by American Modern June 27, 2019

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 2: Home Safety.

by American Modern June 26, 2019

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 1: Firework Safety.

by American Modern June 25, 2019

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Don’t Get Burned this 4th of July

by American Modern June 11, 2019

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there’s an average of 8,800 home fires annually as a result of outdoor grilling. And more happen in July than in...


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