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Child Proofing & Steps to Keep Your Home Accident-Free.

Think like a curious child. If toys or interesting items are in sight, there can be temptation to crawl or climb to retrieve them. -Image via Pexels

Think like a curious child. If toys or interesting items are in sight, there can be temptation to crawl or climb to retrieve them. -Image via Pexels

Have you seen the recent video of the toddler who saved his brother from a scary dresser tip-over? If you haven’t, it’s a must watch that you can view it on the Today show website here. And with as many child proofing safeguards that you may have in place to keep your spaces accident-free, mishaps can still happen. The important thing is to be prepared.

What child proofing steps can you take to see to it that your home is accident-free?

Choose your furniture with safety in mind. Anchor dressers especially in the children's rooms. Read manufacturer instructions to be extra sure your furniture is properly used. Place your television on a piece of furniture that is appropriate for the size and weight. Or have one mounted to the wall. Think like a curious child. If toys or interesting items are in sight, there can be temptation to crawl or climb to retrieve them. Keep appealing items out of sight as much as possible. These will vary by child, but remotes or stuffed animals are two that can be really attractive. In the kitchen, when not gated off, remove or secure oven knobs with a guard or shield. Add a latch to the refrigerator. Protect items in low cabinets with locks or latches. In the bathroom, keep the toilet seat down and install a latch. Bathroom doors can be a danger to fingers. For extreme caution use a door stopper to prevent full door closure, or simply keep a towel draped over the top of the door.  
If a house is a perfect fit aside from a possible pool danger, CRS would work directly with the landlord or property manager in sourcing and providing a pool fence, whether short or long term.

If a house is a perfect fit aside from a possible pool danger, CRS would work directly with the landlord or property manager in sourcing and providing a pool fence, whether the stay is short or long term. -Image via Pexels

When locating a temporary home for a family who has been uprooted by unforeseen water loss, fire damage or other, every situation will have different needs. From professional movers to providing extra children's furniture, setting up installations of temporary pool fences and beyond, we will make every effort to supply whatever it may be.   For example, a family of 5 with small children is presented an option for a house located close to their existing home and neighborhood. The house even has a pool. But, there is no pool fence at the property. They show interest in the house, but are wary of the children around an open pool.  If the house is a perfect fit aside from the pool risk, CRS would work directly with the landlord or property manager in sourcing and providing a pool fence during their stay, whether short or long term.   We may often think of babies and toddlers when we hear baby proofing or child proofing, we cannot discount the amount of accidental injuries that occur with kids up to 14 years old. More than 1/3 of these accidental injuries happen at home.  
While a temporary house is just that; it can still have all the comforts of home.
    For our claims adjusters: On your next loss of use claim assignment, communicate with CRS of extra needs for your insureds.   For our insurance homeowner customers: We want to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. Inform your CRS Customer Care Specialist of special requests or needs right away.
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Give the gift of housing.

Give the Gift of Housing


Why make your policyholders celebrate the holidays in a hotel?

Instead, give them the gift of housing with all of the comforts of home. 

  See what one family had to say about their experience with CRS Temporary Housing during the Holidays. It is important to us to get all of our families set up in housing, when possible. Contact us to get your policyholder into a housing option if they are currently in a hotel. Give them the gift of housing.   "Our experience with CRS was first class. CRS exceeded all expectations and single handily put the joy back into our lives again, right in time for the holidays. Our new temporary home is walking distance to our home and fully furnished with no out of pocket expense. We can do laundry again so we can have clean clothes and even put up a Christmas Tree or make a home-made meal. All these things we can easily take for granted, but CRS understands this is real life and in traumatic moments, it really does matter. It will feel like the Holidays once again, and we owe this new feeling of joy to our CRS team that we consider family."  - Policyholder testimonial   

Let us help your policyholders find comfort this holiday season.

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Veterans Day, November 11: A Day to Remember all Who Have Served

By CRS Guest Blogger, Vince Salazar, CRS Customer Care Specialist


Originally, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day,”

and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I.

Many observe Veterans Day by simply flying the U.S. flag at their house, having a picnic or cook out with friends and family, and watching war movies or other patriotic programming on TV. Many also donate to veterans' causes and show appreciation to veterans they meet or are already acquainted with, and some veterans will donate their military uniforms on this day, making themselves “easy to spot.”

Four ideas on what to do in the U.S. on Veterans Day are:

  • Attend, or at least watch on television, the Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. You can watch the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You may also wish to respectfully walk through the cemetery, where over 40,000 veterans and their families are buried.
  • Watch America's Parade, originally “the Veterans Day Parade,” in New York City. This is the largest Veterans Day parade in the country, bringing in around 25,000 attendees each year. It is held in Manhattan and has been running since 1919. There are also some other large parades to attend, including the biggest one west of the Mississippi River in Albany, Oregon, and there are many smaller parades as well.
  • Tour the memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., that are related in some way to veterans. There are too many to list, but look for the DC War Memorial, which honors local World War I veterans, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • Spend the day, or part of it, volunteering at a local VA hospital or even just chatting with veterans who are there as patients. Many VAs will have special lunches on Veterans Day for the veterans, and they welcome volunteers to help prepare the meal.

Veterans Day is an important time to remember those who risked their lives to defend the freedom of others, and you will find there are many festive and patriotic activities to take part.

On this day of remembrance, we would like to acknowledge and thank our CRS employees who have proudly served our country: Acacia Oudinot, Vince Salazar, Lionel Jerry, Richard Macias, Mindy Campbell and Dennis Allen.

About the writer, Vince Salazar

Born in Michigan (Go LIONS)

Served in the US Army Band between 1980-1986

Forged a career on stage as an actor, singer, dancer and musician ~ performing in over 200 major theatre touring companies over 20 years.

Headlined the show LEGENDS IN CONCERT in Las Vegas for over 10 years doing the Blues Brothers.

Recovered from a head-on car accident (left me in a wheel chair for over 2 years), and recently survived cancer.

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The importance of having, and being, good neighbors.

Observed annually on September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day.

You ask, “Seriously, is that for real?”. Well, matter of fact it is.

National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:

As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

That Proclamation designated September 24, 1978, as National Good Neighbor Day. In 2003, National Good Neighbor Day was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28th.

Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At Home

I ask, “Why shouldn’t this day be every day?”.

In this day and age where we have the “wave neighbors”, the ones that will wave but don’t know your name nor care to, and the “you don’t exist neighbors” who drive past while you’re putting the garbage can at the street and won’t look at you, it’s a blessing to have a good neighbor.

But it's an even greater thing to BE a good neighbor.

Where we choose to reside with our families is an important decision, and it’s imperative that we know who surrounds us. The best neighborhoods are those where people have taken time to get to know one another by learning each other’s names, sharing emergency contact numbers and agreeing to look out for each other. This can be as simple as checking on neighbors after a storm, flood or power outage or as complex as having a well-organized block watch.

Here are some suggestions for celebrating the day:

-  Introduce yourself, offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor.

-  Help your neighbor in some way.

-  Have your neighbor over for coffee or a meal.

-  Help each other identify safety lapses, did they leave their garage door open?

-  Get to know your neighbor a little better, ask what they like to do.

-  Respect their boundaries and privacy.

-  Has a neighbor done something nice for you? Pay it forward to another neighbor.

-  Share your contact list of handyman and home services.

The same principles apply for condo and apartment living: chat with folks on the elevator ride or hold open a door for a neighbor and ask how their day is going. Try to be mindful of the shared building and respectful each others space.


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What if a flood happens in my community?


As we begin to approach the end of summer and continue to see the widespread flooding in Louisiana and growing fires in California, we ask ourselves, “what’s next, and will my community be affected?”.

It is important to know that we are still in the midst of hurricane season, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recently increased their hurricane estimate from 10 to 16 named storms to 12 to 17. They are now expecting five to eight of those storms to become hurricanes.

Much of the US will feel the impact of these storms. Are you prepared? Does your family have a plan in place in case your home or community are flooded? Do you have flood insurance?

Even if you’re located in a part of the country not commonly impacted by hurricanes, sudden microbursts, severe thunderstorms and melting snow can also lead to flooding. Don’t hesitate to prepare in advance; the best time to put a flood plan in place is when it’s not flooding.

Here’s a few tips on what you can do now to be better prepared for flooding throughout the year:

- Know your flood risk. (

- Make a flood emergency plan. (

- Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. (

- Consider buying flood insurance.

- Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.

- Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

How will I know when a potential flood is coming?

The last bullet point above advises us to stay informed by phone, TV and radio for weather updates. It’s necessary to understand the terminology you are hearing:

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Flood Warning = “Take Action!”  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Educating yourself and your family about potential flooding can be one of the most important things you do.

This graphic is called "3 Fast Flood Facts," and features tips on how to stay safe during flooding. The text reads as follows: 3 Fast Flood Facts Heavy rain can bring dangerous flash flooding. 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 2 feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle away. Whether you're walking or driving, stay clear of floodwater. Share these facts with friends so they're safe too.


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Tips for the short term.

via Pexels   There may be a number of reasons causing you to move out of your home into a temporary location. If the move comes from loss of use of your home and involves you having to file a claim with your insurance company, your insurance provider may opt for assistance from a company like CRS Temporary Housing to get you into a home as quickly as possible. This may mean staying a few nights at a hotel nearby until a proper home is located. A temporary space, should still be comfortable for you and your family. Keep in mind your lifestyle and the importance of having items like a washer and dryer or a fenced in back yard for the dog, distances from both school and work and specific neighborhood details or any other needs that would allow you to continue to keep your normal day-to-day schedules intact. Compromise on these thoughtfully. What happens next? Your temporary home is located and has been accepted by both you and your insurance company, you have worked with someone on the lease, secured the property with deposits and acquired keys. Time to move in! After you move in, add some ‘home like’ touches. Use a familiar fragrance, maybe a signature diffuser scent or spray. Put up family photos or children’s artwork. Add curtains. Bring in a low maintenance potted or hanging plant. Place a new welcome mat by the entry. There are many décor items and inexpensive DIY alterations that you can add easily and take home with you. A temporary living situation may not be ideal, so look to those assisting you with your arrangements to guide you along in the process. This may help to relieve some of the stress and allow you to be able to adjust to your surroundings. Be able to cut yourself some slack, temporary living situations call for temporary solutions. Keep meals simple and enjoy time with family and loved ones as you get through this temporary phase in your life. In the event that you may need to use your policy for an insured loss, Geico® More quickly lays out what you need to know about your homeowners insurance coverage in their blog post on Dealing with temporary relocation.  
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