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  • November 24, 2014
  • Drive, Cook, Eat – but be Safe
  • PCI Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips for a Claims-free Holiday

    CHICAGO – With everyone in a hurry this time of year, accidents are bound to happen. However, before you hit the road or take to the kitchen, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) has a few tips that may help to ensure that you have a safe holiday.
    “During the holidays we can all admit to feeling rushed, but that’s when accidents or mishaps can happen,” said PCI’s Director of Personal Lines, Chris Hackett. “Whether it’s to get to your destination or to finish cooking the Thanksgiving meal, it’s easy to get distracted or skip good safety practices. It’s important to make sure you provide yourself with enough time to safely get to your destination. You should also prepare your home to avoid a fire and burglary if you’ll be out of town and always exercise safety in the kitchen.”
    Once again, holiday travel is expected to rise and AAA is estimating that over 46.3 million Americans will be on the roads over the Thanksgiving weekend. The sharp rise in holiday traffic creates more opportunities for fender benders and shopping center break ins. Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. This means that more than any other day of the year, the likelihood of a kitchen accident is at its highest.
    “PCI has compiled a list of 5 safety tips that will help you think about potential hazards, and hopefully keep you and your family safe. As always, if you do run into a situation where you need your insurance company, insurers will be there to help you start the recovery process,” said Hackett.
    PCI Thanksgiving Safety Tips
    1. If you are planning on leaving, don’t announce your trip on social media. A post to twitter or facebook could read as an invitation to a thief or a burglar.
    2. Don’t run your washer or dryer if you aren’t home. Flooding or Fire could result as an unattended malfunction.
    3. Drive Safely. Plan enough time to reach your destination so that you aren’t rushing, and avoid distractions such as texting behind the wheel.
    4. Store important documents in a fireproof box, in your email, or in the cloud.
    5. If you must fry a Turkey, do so with caution. Use the fryer outside, follow the instructions, and keep children at a distance.

    Follow PCI on twitter @PCIAA use #safetytips for important tips over the holiday weekend.  Don't forget to check out PCI's Thanksgiving Safety Tips Info-graphic.   

  • PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $195 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 28 percent of the homeowners market, 33 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 35 percent of the private workers compensation market.
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