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How many carbon monoxide alarms do I need to prevent CO poisoning?



Chief Operating Officer

If you've recently received a recommendation from the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association about how to avoid losses and claims, you're aware that the MPIUA urges the installation of working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Good advice, to be sure, but advice that has raised a number of questions.

Why are CO alarms necessary? How many do I need? Where should they be installed?

Published August 03, 2017

Will my homeowners insurance cover my college student's possessions?

A February fire in on-campus apartments at East Stroudsburg (PA) University displaced students and led the school to recommend the purchase of renters insurance.


Account Executive

If you're the parent of a student who is about to start or return to college, you may be experiencing some degree of separation anxiety. You want to make sure your child stays safe, out of trouble and up to date on schoolwork. You may..

Published August 01, 2017

What makes us best for SouthCoast Insurance? It's the company we keep.


Vice President-Financial Services and Benefits

I used to consider it strange to hear someone describe the experience of winning an award as "humbling." Doesn't winning an award typically boost one's ego, or at least a validate a positive self image? How is that humbling?

But after accepting an award last week for being Best of the Best for SouthCoast Insurance, I get it. The experience my fellow Sylvia Group..

Published July 26, 2017

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