Monthly Archives: August 2014

Grill Safety 101

Summer’s in full swing and there’s no better time to throw some meat and vegetables on the grill for a barbecue. Cookouts are no doubt a summertime favorite, and with 80% of American households owning a grill (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association), chances are you might be firing yours up in the backyard today.

Before you fuel the fires of your inner chef and light up the grill, check out these helpful tips on how to do so safely:

  • Replace last year’s drippings tray from underneath the grill and always make sure it’s clean before cooking – too much grease can start a fire in the tray.
  • Check the hoses to and from the fuel source. Make sure they are attached properly and don’t have any cracking, holes or leaks.Family having a barbecue party
  • Carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions on how to refill your grill, regardless of whether it runs on charcoal, wood, or gas.
  • Before placing food on the grill, let it heat up to burn away any lingering residue.
  • After use, be sure to use a wire brush to rid the grill grates of old cooking residue. If you are using a charcoal burner, be sure to wait until the coals are fully cooled before disposing of them into a metal container.
  • Keep the grill a safe distance – usually at least 10 feet – from other structures and always have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Last, but not least – never leave a lighted grill unattended.

For more information and tips on grill safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Happy cooking!

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Identity Theft 101

A 2013 report released by the Identity Theft Assistance Center states that in 2012, 12.6 million Americans were victim to identity fraud, amounting to nearly a single victim every three seconds.

Online banking, social media and a general increase in web-based transactions means that we’re more vulnerable to this type of theft than ever before.

Identity theft online

You may think of identity theft as a “this’ll never happen to me” crime, but the numbers indicate that it can – in fact – happen to anyone. Fraudsters only need to capture some of your personal information – like your Social Security or bank account number – to gain personal profit at your expense.

Despite the pervasiveness of identity theft, there are ways you can protect yourself. Each Bunker Hill policy includes access for you and your household family members to Identity Theft 911®’s identity management and fraud education services. 

If you suspect you may be or have been targeted by a thief, call Bunker Hill immediately at 888-472-5246 and we’ll connect you to a fraud specialist who will help you through the resolution process. You won’t have to file a claim to use this service.

Education is key when it comes to identity theft protection, so here are some helpful resources to read up on:

For your information, Identity Theft 911® is not an insurance product and is not an affiliate of Bunker Hill Insurance. This service will assist you in preventing theft, and in the worst-case scenario, recovering from it, but does not provide reimbursement for losses or out-of-pocket expenses associated with identity theft.

Headquartered in Boston, Bunker Hill Insurance provides home, condo and renters insurance to customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Bunker Hill is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in property and auto insurance throughout the northeast.