Rid the Flu This Season

The flu is here and has hit hard. Your home may be a war zone fighting the sickness from one family member to another. The virus is something a household battles every year. whether your kiddo picks it up at school or you get it from that coworker who should have stayed home. Coming in contact with the virus is inevitable. But what can you do to ensure the flu doesn’t linger any longer than it has to? Here are a couple of tips to get rid of the illness and keep it out of your home.

  1. Wash Your Hands

The virus is all around us. We come in contact with germs every time we open the fridge, door handles, stair rails, money, grocery carts- the list goes on and on. Make sure to wash your hand as many times as you can throughout the day and especially before you eat. This not only limits the spread of the virus but also an easy way to keep the bacteria away.

  1. Disinfect Surfaces

Did you know that the flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours? It’s extremely important to disinfect common surface areas a couple of times a day. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.” To Kill those germs- Wash surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant such as Clorox wipes and Lysol Disinfecting spray. These products state that EPA has approved them for effectiveness against influenza A virus. Just check your other cleaning labels to see if they are “EPA Approved”.

  1. Wash Linens

Just like hard surfaces, the flu virus can linger in your linens. To prevent the flu from lingering any longer, wash all your bed sheets, pillowcases, and your clothes. Use a bleach cleaner if possible. Also, throw in those bath linens if you get a chance. Sick kiddos in and out of the bathroom are prime opportunity to spread the bacteria. After a good wash, set the dryer to the highest heat setting and really kill those harmful germs.

And if you are really fancy, use an air purifier. Those babies are designed to kill viruses and bacteria that is lingering in the air. You can find some cheap ones on Amazon. Snag a couple if you can for each room and really get the good air flowing. Not only are they good for killing the unwanted germs but they also help with allergies and elevating dust.

Remember, the flu is almost impossible to avoid. Get a flu shot and ensure your family and loved ones are covered when they walk into your home. No one wants the virus to linger. Use the necessary measures to keep everyone feeling better quicker.  For all your home and auto insurance needs, give us a call at 1-800-ThanskAl to speak with an agent to see how you could save by bundling your home and auto.



Winter Driving Tips

Goodbye fall, hello winter!

As we usher in this magical new season, there are many things to be excited about. Christmas is quickly approaching, the weather is getting cooler, and we’re approaching a new year. However, with all of the great things the winter season gives us, there are also some things we must be aware of and adjust to. Road conditions will drastically alter during this time and it’s important to make sure you understand how to adapt to these new changes. Here are the top 5 driving safety tips for winter!

Slow It Down

Usually, speed limits are meant for dry pavement, so they don’t really apply when the roads are wet and scattered with ice. Instead, drive 5-10 miles below the appointed limit to ensure that you don’t spin out of control or skid due to high speeds upon braking. This should also apply to turning, merging and taking exits on highways.

Ice Hazards

Although snow and ice can look beautiful during this time, they can also prove to be very dangerous. They can hide traffic lines, potholes, and other road hazards, so make sure that the road has your undivided attention. Also, be aware of your brake pressure because stopping on ice can be extremely dangerous. Always drive with caution through these icy patches.

Road Awareness

Watch out for those occasional ice trucks! They tend to drive at a slow pace, so be aware. Because of their unique air exposure, bridge surfaces usually freeze worse than normal roads. Also, some exit ramps occasionally receive less anti-icing material than the main highway, so make sure you slow down when exiting the main road.

Heavy Precipitation

Rain, snow, and frost are pretty prevalent weather conditions in the winter, so be on alert for these impending changes. Once the temperature drops, make sure that you’re on high alert for morning frost and icy spots on the road. Also, if you wake up to a foggy morning, make sure that you stick with your low beams and avoid using high beams. This will cause a disturbance in visibility by bouncing off of the fog and creating glare.

Traffic Adjustments

If there is heavy traffic, make sure that you look further ahead and keep a greater distance between cars than you’d normally do. This will give you extra time to react safely to kneejerk decisions by other cars and trucks on the road. Also, trucks take longer to respond to any action because of their large size, so drive with caution around them in these harsh conditions.

With the change of seasons, it’s also a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call to have an Al Boenker Insurance agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. Remember we can always bundle and save on your home and auto!

We hope that these tips find you well and keep you safe during the upcoming months!