Safety tips for the holidays ... and drones

Published December 06, 2018

Holiday Safety and Drones

Insurance Division Manager

Claims Executive

Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or some combination thereof, we and the rest of the team at Sylvia Group wish you the happiest of holidays. But we know that best wishes alone aren't enough to make the holidays happy.

For us   largely because we're insurance professionals and at least in part because we're moms — holiday happiness is inseparable from holiday safety, so we'd like to share with you some seasonal safety tips from the National Safety Council (NSC) and our associates at Zywave and MyWave Connect, an insurance, benefits and risk management information platform.

National Safety Council 12 Days of SafetyThe NSC tips come in the form of an attractive infographic addressing risks ranging from pet safety to fire to physical well being. To view a printable version of the graphic  a timely addition to your home or office bulletin board — click on the image at right.

The document from Zywave   a resource available to Sylvia Group business and benefits clients — is about popular but somewhat controversial items you may be considering for holiday gift-giving or receiving: drones.

As the Zywave document notes, "Drones are usually thought of as toys or hobbyist aircraft. However, they also constitute a substantial risk to your family, home and privacy. Whether or not you own a drone, it’s important that you’re aware of regulations and safety tips regarding their use."

You can view the document on drone safety here.

If you are thinking of giving a drone as a gift, particularly to a child, you may want to read Good Housekeeping's guide to drones for kids. And if you're planning to have a drone or any other gift delivered, you'll definitely want to read colleague Matthew Boyle's recent post on protection from package theft.

A little risk management can go a long way toward safe, happy and claims-free holidays. All the best to you and your family this season and throughout the coming year.

About Kerri Rego, Julie Vieira and Sylvia Group

Kerri_cropped from groupA skilled executive with more than 16 years' experience in the insurance and risk management industries, Kerri Rego joined Sylvia Group as the agency's Insurance Division Manager after serving as vice president of operations at two large New England brokerages. Dedicated to providing clients with the best possible service and products, she excels at putting her team in position to succeed with creative, forward-thinking solutions to customer needs. While her work with Sylvia Group is largely behind the scenes, Kerri enjoys interacting with clients and coordinating efforts to design customized business insurance and personal insurance programs.


Julie 1_18_18 (7)In Julie Vieira, Sylvia Group clients have a Commercial Claims Executive who combines years of insurance, claims and business experience with an empathetic, customer-focused approach to resolving each claim in timely and satisfactory fashion. A licensed Property and Casualty Adjuster, Julie joined Sylvia Group in January 2017. She previously worked in the Fall River, MA, office of HUB International and at the Warwick, R.I., branch of MetLife. While her specialties there included municipalities and construction, she became highly skilled in communicating with and educating clients involved in the claims process across a broad range of industries. 


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