Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, a cultural festivity which has evolved over the decades into a special day spent with friends and loved ones while wearing emerald colored clothing.

Some fun facts about today:

Leprechauns were not originally associated with St. Patty’s day but became incorporated by Celtic fairy stories as the villain that stole the pot of gold.

Corned beef and cabbage were an American innovation that has become a staple of this holiday, first served by immigrants on the east coast.

Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland.

Four leaf clovers are rare, with 1 in 5000 existing in the wild.

We hope you enjoy today and may the luck of the Irish be forever on your side.

National Poison Prevention Week

This week marks the annual awareness of poison prevention week a nationwide campaign during a time when kids are inside more than ever. Poison awareness is used to highlight the dangers of chemicals and household items for people of all ages by reminding them of the three P’s; prepare, prevent and protect.

Prepare by knowing the National Poison Hotline in case something unexpected happens, that phone number is 1-800-222-1222.

Prevent by knowing what chemicals should never mix, such as chlorine and vinegar which causes chlorinated gas that can lead to suffocation. A simple web search will detail this and many others.

And protect those in your household by storing any liquids or items that can be ingested by children up high and out of their reach.

Please take the time to learn and practice the three P’s and share this information with others.

March Madness

The 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament will kick-off this year as planned with 68 teams determined to win the collegiate title. First dubbed “March Madness” in 1908 when a statewide tournament in Illinois routinely sold-out seats for this sought-after trophy, and Henry Porter, an executive of the association that put this tournament together, wrote about how crazy fun the event was. More than 100 years later and that small tournament has grown into an annual affair, played by both men and women of colleges from across the nation.

Who are you rooting for?

Easy Online Self Service

As almost everything else that has gone virtual within the last year, so have a lot of our services and procedures that at one point had to be done with a live representative. Here are some of those processes which insured’s can complete by visiting our site.

1.       Paying your premium, simply by inputting your policy number and zip code you will be able to access your invoice and make a payment.

2.       Requesting a copy of your coverage by emailing our customer service department directly.

3.       Acquiring information on how to file a claim and what number to call during weekend hours.

4.       Retrieving a quote within minutes for your home or condo.

5.       Reviewing your coverages and securing a licensed agent to assist you with any changes or questions.

 And of course, if speaking with someone is your preference…we have licensed reps ready to assist you!

With You Since 1942

We are so happy and proud to announce that Western Mutual reaches yet another year of being in business and providing protection to homeowners like you. Beginning as a small mutual fire insurance company, we have grown into an AM Best A+ rated carrier serving the south-western United States.

We thank you for all these years of business as we strive to provide quality customer service with competitive and affordable rates.

Cheers to another year of serving and protecting your home!

Ways to Save on Your Insurance

When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, protecting your home is our main priority, but saving you some money is also our purpose. Although your annual premium is mainly based off the coverages provided there are ways to minimize and/or not add additional cost to your policy.

First and foremost, consider enhancing your security on the property. Having a 24-hour monitored alarm system or living in a patrolled gated community can lower your overall cost.

When paying your premium, attempt to pay it all at once. Many companies charge a processing fee for monthly or partial payments.

Install devices that help you avoid claims such as a wi-fi water detection system or door alarms on exits that lead to a pool or spa and can give you a discount on your premium.

The most common solution for a lower premium is increasing the deductible, the simple step can reduce the cost drastically.

We hope these solutions on lowering your annual premium are of great benefit.

Healthy Living While Stuck Inside

Although we may have mastered the quarantined lifestyle, maintaining a healthy one may be a different story. By simply implementing new habits into our daily routine, we can drastically enhance and create a healthier self.

We would like to provide some tips and tricks on things you can do to help promote your health and enjoy this new normal.

Believe it or not one of the most beneficial things we can do is, sleep.

Everyone knows that sleep is important to both our physical and mental health, now more than ever. With added stress for many people right now, it’s important make sure you’re getting enough sleep to allow your body to stay healthy and your mind to recover.

Stay socially active to keep your mind and spirit healthy and fed. If you’re spending more time alone than usual, don’t neglect your social needs if you’re feeling isolated. Some ideas include; staying in touch with friends and family, even if you can’t see them in person by using FaceTime or other video apps to chat face-to-face.

Last not but not least, nurture your body with filling, vitamin packed foods! And some comfort foods when the day is calling for it. It’s also important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Studies suggest that drinking water when waking up aids our digestive system, our energy levels and brain focus.

We hope these simple but valuable tips help you have some better days ahead.

Help Avoid Water Claims with a Wifi Water Detector

Modern day technology is helping streamline many areas of consumer’s life, including things like optimizing and monitoring our homes maintenance systems. Recently devices like Wi-Fi water detection devices have been released to upgrade and assist homeowners in avoiding water damage to their property. This device will send the homeowner an alert to their smartphone at the first sign of excess water usage, which is estimated to be the largest source or domestic property damage in insurance claims.

It’s important to understand that purchasing these systems and having them professionally installed may be an out of pocket expense, however the precautionary value of knowing you are potentially avoiding an expensive repair is worth it.

So avoid the headaches and protect your home with the future of home protection.

Relax and Recharge

It’s month end and it just so happens to fall on the weekend as well. This is a perfect time to get in some R&R and tie up some loose ends that these past weeks may have carried.

We suggest using this time to plan for the following days and balance out your time, money and work load. Once you’ve reviewed and planned out your time, enjoy the comfort of being at home and get some rest.

There’s no better way to recharge like enjoying a hot shower, taking a snooze or a nature walk, or meditating. Whichever you choose, may the following month bring you success and an abundance of joy.

This Day in History

On this day in 1969 the Mariner 6 was launched for a Mars flyby to study the red planet’s atmosphere. This is especially notable with last week’s landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars for a multitude of missions to look for previous life on Mars and prepare for potential human exploration of Mars!

How far we have come from a flyby of the planet to the amazing feat last week.