The holiday season is officially here! This is an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and reflect upon the past year’s blessings. As you look forward to laughing, singing, and having fun with your loved ones, allow us to help you prepare with some safety reminders to ensure this holiday season is a happy and healthy one.
Prepare your home for travel: Whether you are logging long hours shopping for gifts at the mall or making a trip to see an out of town family member, it’s important not to tip off thieves and suggest you aren’t home. Nationwide offers various suggestions as to how you can discourage in-home theft. This will help prevent you from giving a burglar easy access or a green light to come in.
Be smart when shopping for gifts: While we may be past the Black Friday and Cyber Monday crazes, the holiday shopping continues all month long. Think Glink discusses the importance of setting (and sticking to) a budget and taking advantage of free shipping offers from notable retailers. As stores get crowded, choosing to ship will keep you off the hectic roads and help you save money on gas.
Put a smile on their face with safety: In addition to being safe as the holidays near, exchanging gifts can present you and your loved ones with an opportunity to set the tone and practice safety all year round. AllState provides a comprehensive gift guide, complete with budgeted ideas for those who enjoy spending time at home, on the road, and outdoors.
Create a bright and starry display in a safe way: When getting into the holiday spirit, you may find fun in outdoing all your neighbors with a festive display outside or entertaining your family members inside. Either way, you can take precautions when putting up decorations. Travelers outlines potential solutions for you, including LED lights, battery operated candles, and more.
Wherever you go this holiday season, we also encourage you to be safe on the road. Happy Holidays!
This is the time of year when we all stop to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. I would like to share my appreciations:
To our loyal clients: Thank you for all the trust that you have in our agency and staff. You are all very open to our knowledge and expertise as we protect you, your family and your business. Every year we focus on ways to enhance your experiences so that you always feel safe.
To my amazing and knowledgeable staff: I am so blessed to have your commitment and dedication to our firm and our clients. Each one of you truly embraces our Petschauer Brand of honesty, integrity and trust. You also bring your team spirit and collaboration in your work with our clients, our projects and our Petschauer team.
To my family and friends (and my dogs Dobie & Gracie): Thank you for all your love and support. I truly feel so blessed to have you all in my life.
To my dad and our founder: Thank you for creating a Petschauer Insurance philosophy that has now become your legacy. Your wisdom continues to guide us every day.
May everyone have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.
Having spooky adventures is all part of the fun during Halloween. That said, the real scare would be not being careful on this frightful holiday. Allow us to walk you through some key safety tips to ensure a fun-filled holiday.
Halloween Parties: Gatherings can be exciting, and hosts will be worry free if they’ve reviewed their homeowners coverage before the fun begins. Taking up well known traditions can be done in a careful manner. When carving pumpkins, it’s important to keep carving tools away from young children. They can decorate with markers instead. You can supplement candles with energy efficient LED lights. The FDA recommends rinsing fruits and vegetables under cool running water before bobbing for apples. If you’re hosting a party and charge money for entry, Travelers notes that it could be considered a business opportunity and the proper insurance would come in handy.
Trick or treating: AllState recommends that children travel in groups, do so in brightly lit areas, and have a mutual place to gather should they end up getting separated. On the flip side, as a driver you’d be smart to keep an eye out for children running in the street, especially if it’s a darker area. As a parent, you can keep kids’ food allergies in mind and prepare them with a raised level of awareness around the risks of encountering strangers. On a day centered around snacks and sweets, Utica offers some healthier alternatives.
Decorations: The quickest and safest way to avoid injury for any visitors is to keep your front and back yards clean and to clear a path for trick-or-treaters. According to The Washington Post, Halloween is unfortunately a day with a higher risk/percentage of home burglaries and car vandalisms. Luckily, Nationwide offers a complete outline to keeping your home and car safe.
Costume Safety: Putting together costumes for your kids can be done in a safe manner as well. Face paint can be less restricting on a child’s eyesight than a fully covering mask. Costumes that don’t run very long will give trick-or-treaters the flexibility to walk freely without risk of tripping. The toy weapons from your child’s favorite superhero should not be able to cause legitimate harm. AllState points out that flame-resistant fabric is always best, especially if there’s still an easily accessible spot for children to keep their cell phones, in case of an emergency.
To get into the spirit of the holiday, you can also check out one of our favorite Ask Sherri videos. Happy Halloween!
In memory of my dad and our founder, JP, on this Father’s Day, I acknowledge the values that he passed on to me, which I now use as the foundation for the values we uphold in our company. These values are honesty, integrity and trust. JP always felt these values were critical for building trusting relationships with our clients as well as our colleagues. These core values have helped our company provide a level of excellence when servicing our clients. My dad’s values were the foundation of our relationship and because of his influence and support they resonate throughout my personal life as well.
Today, I wish all the men who are fathers or mentors a very happy day of celebrating your values with those you love and have guided through their life’s journey. Please enjoy your special day and embrace that you do make a difference!
And today, for myself, I embrace the memories and values my dad instilled in me. I am feeling blessed and grateful for the love and songs in my heart. Your legacy continues dad and you still make a tremendous difference. Thank you Dad.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY !
If I had to use one word to describe how I’m feeling on this Mother’s Day, it would have to be “Blessed”. I am so blessed to have the love and support of my mom, Ingrid Petschauer. It is her encouragement, smiles and gentle voice that keeps me energized and positive during my busy work days and her check-in calls or our fun shopping dates that help me refuel and laugh on the weekends.
On this Mother’s Day, I find myself reflecting as we recently celebrated our first anniversary in our new home in Garden City. Where does my strength, positive attitude, perseverance and resiliency come from that has allowed me to take the opportunity to move our home and build a professional team of insurance consultants to continue to promote our Petschauer brand of honesty, integrity and trust? There is no doubt in my mind that it is the wisdom and strength of my mom that is the powerful “force” behind the success of Petschauer Insurance !
This blog is dedicated to my mom as I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. It is my wish for you that you are recognized and celebrated in a fun and loving way so that you feel as extraordinary as you are.
And I offer a spiritual Mother’s Day wish for those whose special woman is no longer present. May the memories of her life and love fill your day and your heart with smiles and joy as she is with you forever.
Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day !
This Holiday Season is unlike any of our past ones at Petschauer Insurance, as we celebrated in our new Garden City office for the first time. However, we still kept traditions alive by singing holiday music, exchanging Secret Santa gifts, and eating a phenomenal meal together. We would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and hope that you enjoy this time as much as we do!
Fireworks… we know you have them, and even if you didn’t buy them or are lighting them, you’re probably going to be around them during the Independence Day weekend. Every day in July there is an average of 240 people going to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries… please, don’t be another statistic and read these safety tips:
- First and foremost, make sure that you are legally permitted to light those fireworks on your own
- Make sure to keep all children away from fireworks
- Always have an adult supervising the lighting of fireworks. Even sparklers can severely hurt children, so make sure to keep those out of reach
- Never place any body parts over a firework when lighting a fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance as soon as you light the firework
- Never aim or throw a firework at another person (duh!)
- Keep a hose in reach just in case of a fire
- Light them one at a time
- Do not shoot anything out of a glass or metal container
Enjoy your 4th of July weekend, and remember to be cautious around any fireworks, even if you are just there for the show!