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    Halloween (the movie) & Minimizing Risk

    Posted by Geoffrey Gordon

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

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    The latest remake of the 1978 original “Halloween” horror flick surprised a few people with its opening weekend sales of $77 million! This was more than double the formerly highest grossing “Halloween” movie ($26 million its opening weekend in 2007). Looking at these large dollar figures, it seems that people like to get scared more in a group (such as in a theatre) than at home. What’s the appeal? When things go wrong…when things get scary…there is comfort in numbers.

    Numbers provide a measure of predictability and certainty to a situation. On the other hand, unpredictability and uncertainty are at the core of risk, which causes us stress. With theatres under tremendous competition from streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, the horror theme seems to be well positioned to scare a bunch of people together.

    In our homes, we can minimize uncertainty of seasonal changes by preparing our homes for cold weather beginning in the fall, and prompted by setting our clocks back. Here's a short list for a Saturday after Halloween:

    • Clean gutters (or hire a handyman for this)
    • close all sill cocks (outside water faucets) from inside (to prevent freezing)
    • inspect the chimney liner if you burn wood - let a chimney company do this)
    • change air filters for air based heat,
    • check around windows for any caulking needs

    Also, review the checkups we should do twice a year (when we put our clocks forward or back):

    • Check tags and location of fire extinguishers (can you locate a fire extinguisher right now?)
    • Change out the batteries on smoke and CO2 detectors
    • Has your family makeup changed such that a review of your family's disaster exit plan should be updated?

    There's also value in numbers, including the number of people at Gordon Atlantic standing behind your insurance, and who have experience with risk reduction, claims mitigation, and claims handling. Always let us know how we can reduce the cost of risk (uncertainty and unpredictability) in your world.

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    Tags: Halloween, risk, safety, seasonal, safety tips, minimizing risk, scary movie, uncertainty

    Some More Holiday Safety: Lights

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Sat, Dec 08, 2012 @ 04:32 PM

    IStay safe with holiday lights this season with personal from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell man our last blog post about holiday safety, we touched upon the topic of candles. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little about electrical safety.

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how decorated the world becomes. Some of my fondest Christmas memories are of driving through towns and down streets just to see the lights on the houses. Some neighborhoods go all out; some just have a couple of lights in the windows. Either way, lights constitute perhaps the largest part of holiday decorations- both inside and outside the home.

    Lights also pose several hazards. The best way to avoid these hazards is to follow the steps listed below:Learn about safe holiday light use this winter with personal and homeowners from Andrew Gordon inc insurance norwell ma

    • Make sure the lights you use outside are meant for outside use. If the lights are meant for indoor use, the weather can cause fires and electric shocks much more easily. Just check the tag.
    • When putting electric lights outside (say, on the roof) make sure you use appropriate ladder safety. (Have someone spot you, make sure the ladder is stable, ascend slowly and safely, etc.)
    • Check and change all the light bulbs BEFORE you plug in.
    • Keep the wires away from any pets that might be chewing on them.
    • Check to make sure the wires are not frayed or exposed.
    • If the wires start to overheat, unplug them immediately.

    Enjoy the holidays and all the dazzling lights! "Ooh" and "ahh" at the houses that go crazy with spirit! But remember to follow the steps above- nobody wants to enjoy the season in the dark.

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    Tags: winter, safety, personal, electric, seasonal, decorate, insurance, holiday, homeowners, lights

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