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halloween safety picAs a homeowner, you’ll want to take steps to avoid the risk of various liability issues during this Halloween season.  It’s a spooky night by design, but mischief can prevail and vandalism can result.  Likewise, there is always a greater potential for accidents such as slipping and falling that could cause injury as trick-or-treaters and other guests visit your property on Halloween.  Just as importantly, it might well be a challenge to restrain your pets as the doorbell rings repeatedly and strange voices carry through the house – not to mention all the scary and unfamiliar costumed visitors. 

Even so, it’s difficult not to be drawn into the fun.  So if you do intend to participate, the following tips might help you to enjoy a Halloween evening that is more a treat than a trick.

Friday, 27 October 2017 22:56

Food cooked outdoors, especially on a propane or charcoal grill in the backyard has a special appeal.  But grilling outdoors can be dangerous, even deadly, unless you take precautions.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8800 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues.  Of these fires,  about started on a courtyard, terrace or patio while 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch.

Nevertheless, if you are like most Americans, you too enjoy summer grilling.  So, the following are some of the most important safety tips to assure that your barbecue is risk-free, whether you do a gas or charcoal grilling.

Safety Tips for Successful Backyard Grilling

  • Place your grill on a level surface at least ten feet away from all other objects including structures like your house, garage, etc.; and stay clear of landscaping and traffic areas. 
  • When grilling is complete, be sure to keep children and pets well away from the grill until it has completely cooled. 
  • Never grill in an enclosed space including homes, vehicles, tents, campers, garages, etc.  This can be a deadly risk both for fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Use only long-handled grilling tools and wear dry oven mitts that cover your forearm to avoid burns when cooking. 
  • After grilling with charcoal, soak the coals with water and store in a metal container for disposal. 
  • After cooking on a gas grill, turn off BOTH the grill and the propane bottle. 

Need some help making the best meal ever on the grill?
Check out this one-stop site for your next outdoor get together.

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Friday, 16 June 2017 11:30

Congrats to Renae Osborn - New Referral Program WinnerWhen we get a referral from a client or a friend in the community like yourself, it means a lot to us.  The experienced agents here at William M. Sparks Insurance in Timonium, MD, work hard to earn each referral by providing “top notch” service with every call and visit.  Now, we’ve found a way to say thank you for this business through our Sparks Insurance Referral Program.   It’s our way of showing appreciation for all the referrals our loyal friends have sent our way.

Renae Osborn of Baltimore was our winner for 2016.

Renae was chosen a while ago and invited to visit our office to receive our appreciation and her prize -- a FitBit Charge2.  We finally caught up with Renae recently to pass along her prize.

Could you be our next Referral Winner?

Check out our website for the Referral Program details, and then decide who you know that could use the service and expertise of Timonium/Lutherville's best insurance agency.

By referring your friends, neighbors and family to William Sparks Insurance Agency, you can enjoy a win-win.  Not only will you be automatically entered into our drawing to be the next Referral program Winner, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped those that you care about to have access to the best insurance service and expertise in Lutherville/Timonium and beyond. 

See our website for all the Referral Program details.

Feel free to contact any of our very capable and experienced agents at the William M. Sparks Insurance Agency here in Lutherville/Timonium, MD to discuss your insurance questions.  We can help you review your current insurance policy and explore your options to be sure you have the best coverage and protection according to your circumstances.


Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:40

If you’re in the market for a home, then you’re certainly not alone since almost half of all home sales happen between April and June each year. That is why it’s known as the “homebuying season.”

If you’re a typical home buyer, you’ll have a lot of questions – from costs, fees and taxes to mortgage qualification. When you find the house that’s right for you, you’ll also need to think about homeowners insurance and how it will impact your ability to make an offer on that dream home.

View the video below to find out what insurance questions you’ll need to ask…

Feel free to contact any of our very capable and experienced agents at the William M. Sparks Insurance Agency here in Lutherville/Timonium, MD to discuss your insurance questions.  We can help you review your current insurance policy and explore your options to be sure you have the best coverage and protection according to your circumstances.


 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:49

Protect your engagement ring after a marriage proposal on Valentine's DayIf the love of your life has chosen Valentine’s Day to pop the question, then we send our congratulations and best wishes to both of you. Take your time. Savor the moment, and make it a cherished memory. But then we hope you’ll remember the practical side of owning that beautiful diamond ring. You might not be “thinking insurance” but we are. The Insurance Information Institute tells us that one of the most frequent of all homeowners’ content-related insurance claims is for the loss of valuable jewelry. We know that you’ll want to see that your new engagement ring is financially protected in case it is lost, stolen or damaged.

Click on READ MORE below to learn the steps to protect your ring as soon as possible…

Monday, 13 February 2017 21:30
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