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Home Safety Tips for the Season

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Rhonda Castagna and Licensed Allstate Agent Lisa Faina tour a home to look at some of the safety issues some people could face during the holidays that they may not even be thinking about. Lisa starts with the family car with car safety tips for winter and holiday driving. This leads to tips on theft prevention, both from the car and in parking lots, and even in the home. Tips on burglary deterrents leads to fire prevention tips, many associated with decorations and electrical fires. Don’t become one of the unsettling holiday statistics that puts a joyous season in jeopardy. Follow these safety suggestions from your friends at Designing Spaces and Allstate.

Decorate and Drive Safely!

Decorate and Drive Safely! The holidays are a busy and hectic time for all of us, and with all the shopping, traveling, and cooking we want to make sure that we are safe and protected through the season. It’s true that accidents do happen, but a lot of times there are preventative measures we can all take to decrease the possibility of an accident happening.

Did you know..?

• 156,000 house fires occur in the U.S. during the winter holiday season?
• A burglary occurs on average every 7 seconds during the holiday months of November and December?
• 25% of all car accidents are due to nasty weather?

All of these incidents are unfavorable at any time of the year and even more so during the season of giving. This season Allstate Insurance is offering tips to having a safe and merry holiday.

With heavy traffic and unfavorable weather, taking these steps will help your winter woes on the road this year:

• Make sure your car is working properly especially your tires and battery.
• Plan routes ahead of time and pick the route with the best weather conditions and less congestion.
• Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid freezing gas lines due to condensation.
• Make frequent rest stops to stay alert.
• Do not leave your vehicle if you get stuck or an emergency occurs. Keep warm in your car and display trouble signs to signal other drivers.
• Update your coverages to stay protected in case of an emergency. Allstate offers great plans and will help pick one that works best for you.
• Don’t drive in bad weather if you don’t have to.

Unfortunately the holiday season is the busiest season for burglars and thieves. Through all of the stress homeowners can become careless, making them more susceptible to holiday crime. If your home doesn’t have an alarm system you can follow these steps to protect your home and belongings:

• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows.
• Ask a neighbor or family member watch your home during extended trips.
• Set indoor and outdoor lights to an automatic timer.
• Leave your TV or radio on so your home sounds and looks occupied.
• Don’t leave your present displays visible through windows or doors.
• Keep your home well lit.
• Create a home inventory list to improve the recovery process.

Holiday decorations bring joy, beauty, and a fresh pine scent throughout your home, but keep in mind home holiday decorations cause over 400 holiday fires each year. Don’t let your holiday go up in flames; protect your home and family with these easy decoration safety tips:

• Never leave a candle burning unattended.
• Keep your tree on a sturdy stand and away from heat sources.
• Always turn off the lights on your Christmas tree before going to bed.
• Avoid overloading your electrical outlets.
• Use flame resistant decorations.
• Cook with care and don’t leave working stoves unattended.

Allstate Insurance offers many plans to keep you, your family, and your home safe during the holiday season. Keep these tips in mind to have a happy and safe holiday.

To find a local Allstate Agent or learn more, please visit:

Press Release


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Pamela Steele-Unger
O2 Media, Inc.
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Allstate® Offers Holiday Safety and Prevention Tips on Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime TV

Allstate Agent Lisa Faina educates viewers about keeping safe and protected during the holiday season.

Pompano Beach, FL – November 29, 2012 - Allstate Insurance Company was featured in an episode of “Designing Spaces™,” the popular home improvement show on Lifetime Television, on Thursday, November 29th. If you’d like to view the show, please click on:
This special edition of “Designing Spaces for the Holidays” will re-air on December 14th at 7:30 am (ET/PT).

Allstate Agent Lisa Faina of Cooper City, FL meets up with Designing Spaces™ host Rhonda Castagna to educate viewers about staying safe and protected during the holiday season. Faina will touch upon a wealth of “Did You Know” holiday facts and topics ranging from safety in the home and on the road.

The holidays are a busy time of year and can cause stress levels to peak. As a result, homeowners and travelers may be more careless, making them more susceptible to holiday crime and accidents while on the road and in one’s home. With thefts at their height during the holidays, home safety advice includes leaving lights and a TV on when you’re out of the house to installing a security system in your home. Safety tips for holiday travel include keeping your gas tank at least half full and having an emergency kit in your car.

”The holidays can be mayhem, and Allstate is committed to keeping consumers in “Good Hands®” with the tools and information they need to keep their loved ones and belongings safe,” said Faina. “This is what Allstate agents do everyday and being a part of this show has provided a great opportunity to showcase that.”

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About Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Television
Designing Spaces, now in its 10th season, is the premier home improvement television show airing on the Lifetime network Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30am (ET/PT). The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects, and step by step home improvements to make every space count and to provide solutions to enjoy the space you live in. The “Family of Spaces” television shows include Think Green, Kids Spaces, and Designing Spaces of Hope which all provide great entertainment and solution driven programming for every member for the family.

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