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Boston, MA — Last year’s record breaking snowfall has many Massachusetts residents concerned that this winter will mirror 2015. While predictions vary for what’s in store, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Division of Insurance recommend preparing in advance to minimize the circumstances that can lead to claims from winter storms.
Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman reminds property owners that damage caused by snow, freezing rain, and cold temperatures can be minimized with proper precautions. Routine maintenance can also help consumers avoid claims on their homeowner and auto insurance policies, helping keep premiums down.
“Adequately preparing for the winter weather should be a priority for homeowners as repairs from storm damage can be very costly,” Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman said. “If last winter taught us anything, it’s that early preparation is key to forestalling ice dams and burst pipes, which can cause major damage to most consumers’ greatest asset.”
The Division of Insurance recommends consumers take preventive measures when preparing a home or vehicle for the winter season.
Winterizing your home:
Protecting your vehicle:
“The last thing a consumer wants to hear after enduring snow and ice storms is that the damage may not be covered or that their claim is being denied,” said Insurance Commissioner Daniel Judson. “It’s a good idea at this time of year for policyholders to check-in with their carrier or independent agent to understand their coverages and responsibilities in terms of deductibles so there are no surprises.”
Filing insurance claims:
Consumers with questions about their insurance coverage can call the Division’s Consumer Services Unit at (617) 521-7777. The Division’s website at www.mass.gov/doi also provides valuable information regarding all lines of insurance, including auto and homeowners.
The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is committed to protecting consumers through consumer advocacy and education, and also works to ensure that the businesses its agencies regulate treat all Massachusetts consumers fairly. Follow the office at its blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter @Mass Consumer.