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Aug 30
AIG Offers Tips for Protecting Homes in Summer

​AIG has prepared a short list of steps your clients should follow to protect their homes during summer months and beyond.

Feel free to share these helpful tips with your clients:

Water safety

  • If you have a pool, restrict access to the area with a gate or doors that automatically lock. Have a professional check your gate locks annually to ensure they are working properly.
  • For added safety, especially if there are young children at home, equip the door or gate to the pool with an alarm or sensors.
  • Consider a rolling pool cover, which can provide even more protection than a gate or fence.
  • If you are entertaining at your pool or on a lake, consider hiring a lifeguard.
  • Elaborate pool areas with rock formations and slides can increase the risk of injury. Be sure areas are properly secured or restricted when necessary.


  • Don't post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait to post photos until after you return.
  • If you will be gone for an extended period of time, ask a private staff member, friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
  • Have your mail held at the local post office.
  • Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.

Fire prevention

  • If your grill or outdoor kitchen is located near your home or on a deck or porch attached to your home, it should be equipped with an automatic shutoff device. These devices have a timer installed in the gas supply line that automatically shuts off the supply after a predetermined length of time.
  • Never use chimineas or fire pits on decks, gazebos, covered patios or anywhere there are overhangs. They should be located at least 15 feet away from any structure.

General home maintenance

  • When cleaning gutters and roofs, remove debris and check for winter damage that needs repairing.
  • Make sure trees on your property are healthy to prevent them from toppling onto your home during high winds.
  • If you live in a wildfire-prone area, remove all dead materials from trees, bushes or landscaping and keep grass areas short.

AIG's Private Client Program is available to registered Big "I" Markets agents in all states. To learn more, visit Big "I" Markets and select Affluent Program New Business under the Personal Lines tab on the homepage. 


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