HAPPY NEW YEAR

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January Funnies

My New Year's resolution was to read more, so I put the subtitles on my TV.

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

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Live Your Best Life This January

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It goes without saying that keeping yourself and your family healthy through the winter in Michigan can be a challenge. When you combine chillier temps, housebound days, year-end deadlines and the holidays - not to mention kids passing around colds at school and then at home over holiday break like they’re playing “Hot Potato” - you can end up spending January under the covers.

No matter how many inherent seasonal risk factors you face, there are ways to prepare for and get through the season virtually unscathed. At Barrett Insurance, we wish for you a happy and abundantly healthy new year, so here are a few tips to help you stay well and enjoy!

Discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of flu shots for yourself and your family. 

Prioritize getting enough sleep - or taking a quick nap - despite your busy schedule. 

Stock your refrigerator and cabinets with healthy snacks and ingredients for balanced meals.  

Be realistic about your resolutions and what can be expected. Just because it’s January doesn’t mean that Aunt Zoe and Uncle Andrew from Virginia will finally mend their rocky relationship.

Don’t give in to being a couch potato. Get to the gym, start some yoga classes, go for a walk, jump on the treadmill or dance. The important thing is to just move!

Keeping Your Home Secure

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Nowadays, there are more options than ever when it comes to home security. Statistically, more burglaries happen during winter because it's darker longer. So we at Barrett Insurance want to help you sort through those options with a few tips.

Do-it-yourself options:

Motion-detecting floodlights are an excellent deterrent to thieves, because they don’t want to be seen. Make sure they’re installed near entryways, and that they aren’t easily reached from the ground. And using timers for interior lights is a good way to give the appearance that your home is occupied.

Smaller and more inexpensive than ever, cameras can be placed nearly anywhere on the exterior of your home and monitored from inside wirelessly — from your smart phone, or set to record footage for review later.

Even if you aren’t interested in installing security equipment around your home, there are a number of things you can do to increase safety:

If you need to provide access to your home while you’re away, leave your key with a trusted neighbor or friend.

Thick shrubs and bushes around your porch or yard can give thieves a good place to hide. Keep them well-trimmed and ensure that problematic areas can be illuminated with your outdoor lighting.

If you’re going away on vacation, cancel your newspaper and other deliveries. Ask a neighbor to keep watch, and park a car out front. Don’t post publicly on social media or leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail indicating that you’ll be away for an extended period.

Burglars really do consider deterrents such as alarms, cameras, dogs, etc., when looking at targets, according to a study released by the University of North Carolina. So a small investment in security can make a big difference!

It’s a great time for a home inventory!

If your home was destroyed by natural disaster, fire, or burglary, would you know what was missing?

A home inventory is a crucial tool to help replace everything that was lost. Click here to download, print, and fill out our new Barrett Insurance Home Inventory Tracker Tool. Bring it to our office when you are done so we can make sure your belongings are protected.  

Give us a call at (517) 849-1000 or visit our website at www.barrettins.com to learn more.


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