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Safety Articles

Your family's safety is serious business.

Every day, we settle claims and witness the important role safety plays in our lives. Using that experience, we have identified keys to help you better protect your family, property, and possessions. 

How to win at tailgating

When it comes to tailgating, do you plan ahead or do you wing it? Regardless of what type of tailgater you are, these tips could be the game-changer you’ve been waiting for.

Defensive Driving

Whether it’s anticipating dangerous situations or constant preparedness, defensive driving is the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers.

Kids' Vehicle Safety

Whether your children are in or near a vehicle, safety precautions are a must. Use our tips to help prevent injuries and accidents.

Seasonal Driving Tips

As seasons change, so do road conditions. Each time of year brings a different set of road hazards. Knowing what to look out for can make a big difference in driving safe. 

Teen Driving Safety

Sweet sixteen can be an exciting time for your teen, and uneasy for you. We have resources to help you educate your teen driver on risky driving behavior and important ways to stay safe on the road.

Safety For Holidays

Holidays year-round come with unique sets of safety issues.

Home Security

Is your home an easy target? Taking these security precautions can help lower the risk of a home break-in.

Fire Protection

Practicing fire safety means more than having a smoke detector in your home. Our fire protection tips can help educate you and your family on how to prevent a home fire.

Seasonal Safety Tips

Every season comes with new safety needs around your home. Whatever the time of year, play it safe with these seasonal home precautions.

When Driving In The Country

Large farm vehicles come with a unique set of challenges on public roads. These driving tips for farmers can help prevent rural road accidents.

Where The Kids Are Playing

What you see as your farm, children may see as their playground. Use these tips to help your kids play it smart and safe on the farm or ranch.

Weather Emergency Safety

Weather emergencies can happen. Take these steps to help prepare yourself if they do.

Wildfire Safety

Wildfires are unpredictable. Being prepared for the unexpected is your best protection. Even a fire that may be partially contained in a nearby area can quickly spread to your neighborhood and overtake your home.

Earthquake Safety

Earthquakes strike without warning. Taking precautions now can help prevent accidents and injuries if you experience one.

Farm Safety Checklists

Farm safety could save a life. We understand farming is a dangerous job and we want to help you make your farm a safer place.

Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Fire

A house fire can take the irreplaceable things that are most important to you like family heirlooms, photos, or a loved one and threaten your financial security. With some foresight, however, you can safeguard your family from the dangers of fire. 

Use Properly Secured Child Safety Seats

The overall use of vehicle child safety seats has risen dramatically over the past 20 years. While child safety seats help save lives, they are not as effective if used improperly, so it is important to make sure that safety seats are handled correctly.  

Earthquakes: A Real Threat to the Midwest

Sometimes Midwesterners forget about the possibility of an earthquake happening in their area. Hail, floods, and tornadoes rank high on the list of natural occurrences that sometimes damage Midwestern homes, crops, and vehicles.

Gauging Seniors' Driving Ability

The driving ability of seniors is an important subject to discuss. As parents continue aging and the Baby Boomers start becoming senior cizitens, safety becomes a serious issue. It is not only the seniors that are a concern, but also the safety of all others on the road.

Safeguard Your Home from Burglars

Every 15 seconds someone's home is burgarlized. One out of every 10 homes is burglarized every year and nearly $1,600 worth of property is stolen per burglarly. In the event that your home is burglarized, your COUNTRY Financial® home insurance will protect what you have and are enjoying today.

Do you know what to do if a fire breaks out in your home?

Do you have a plan of action in case there is a fire in your home? By preparing for a fire emergency, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty. Here are some tips that can greatly reduce injury or extensive damage.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Depending on where you live, wintertime can be treacherous. A few tips can help make the season more manageable.

Be Prepared for Tornado Season

Tornado season typically occurs between April and June. However, tornadoes can and do occur throughout the year, so it's important to always be prepared.

The Country Mouse in the Big City

Our roots lay in the fields of Illinois – and the streets of downtown Chicago.

How To Keep Your Home Safe When Suffering With Pet Allergies

If you’re thinking about flying with your pet, keep in mind that taking pets on commercial airlines may be difficult unless the pet is small enough to travel in the cabin. However, if that’s not possible, these tips can help make it a safer and easier experience for you both. 

How To Fly Safely With Your Pet

If you’re thinking about flying with your pet, keep in mind that taking pets on commercial airlines may be difficult unless the pet is small enough to travel in the cabin. However, if that’s not possible, these tips can help make it a safer and easier experience for you both.


Local Illinois dance team conquers fear, goes viral

Local high school students go viral by taking on one question – “What room does fear have?”