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Brad Bowen

Summer Safety: Sun

By Safety

Shorts?  Check.  T-shirt?  Check.  Flip-flops?  Check.  It’s official.  Summer is almost here!

When the sun starts beaming down those glorious rays, it’s natural to want to be out in it and bask in the warmth. You may already be thinking about laying out in the sun and working on your tan, but wait- there’s danger up there!

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Storm Safety: Lightning

By Safety, Weather
It’s officially Spring!  Whether you love the sunny days and cool nights or dread the pollen that comes with the season, we can all agree that Spring brings some spectacular storms.
While you may love the pounding rain or rolling thunder, you probably don’t like the risk that comes with storms: lightning. Homes across America are struck regularly, making it one of the most common insurance claims we see.  There’s not much you can do to protect your home from a lightning strike, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of you or a loved one being struck!

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Is Your Home Business Protected?

By Business Insurance
More people are running their businesses from their homes than ever.  If you’re one of America’s entrepreneurs-in-sweatpants, you’re on the cutting edge of both crafty and cozy.
What you may not have is coverage. Many people assume that their business is covered under their homeowners insurance. Unfortunately, this usually isn’t true.

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Spring Home Maintenance

By Home Sense, Personal Insurance, Safety

It’s finally Spring!  Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and a lot more time spent outside!  You may have noticed that your home is not looking its best and is in need of some TLC- winter can be rough on houses. Don’t get overwhelmed. Check out these simple tips to help your house stay in great condition inside and out! Read More

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe and Comfortable While Traveling

By Pets, Safety

Many of us think of our pets as members of the family, so it’s only natural to take them along for rides in the car sometimes. There are many potential dangers to be aware of when bringing your dog or cat along for a drive- both to themselves and the other passengers in the car. Whether you are taking your pet on a long road trip or a short drive to the vet, here are some simple steps you can take that will help keep you and your furry friend safe:

  • Secure your pet in the car. In the event of a car accident, your dog or cat could get seriously injured if they are not properly restrained. They could also become a dangerous (and heavy) projectile that could seriously injure passengers. You can use a pet carrier or a vehicle restraint designed specifically for animals. There are many pet restraints available on the market- make sure you purchase one that is the proper size for your pet.
  • New or unusual experiences can cause some pets to feel anxious or scared. In addition to physical safety, its important to take some steps to help your pet feel comfortable when riding in the car. This will help your pet relax and allow you to focus of driving safely. Bringing along a travel bed, a favorite toy, snacks, and water for your dog or cat will make the trip more enjoyable for everyone!
  • Always make sure your pet is on a leash before opening your car doors- they can slip by in the blink of an eye!
  • Bring plastic bags and other cleaning supplies- messes sometimes happen.
  • If you’re going on a long trip or taking your pet out of town, you should consider bringing their medical records in case you have to take them to an emergency vet.
  • On long trips, take frequent breaks- your pet will appreciate the opportunity to walk around a bit and drink some water.
  • Finally- avoid leaving your pet in a car unattended. Cars can get dangerously hot inside even when the temperature outside is comfortable. Make you pet’s health a top priority!

Taking these simple steps can help make car rides safe and fun for everyone involved!


Check out our infographic below to review some of these tips:

Commercial Risk Advisor- November

By Business Insurance
Our commercial newsletter for November focuses on managing your risk during work events.

The holidays are great time to cut loose a bit and celebrate.  However, it is important to recognize the potential risks of such celebrations and take adequate precautions.  Our newsletter discusses some of the potential risks and how you can mitigate them to make sure your company celebration doesn’t result in costly property damage or litigation.

We also discuss managing your social media risks.  Read the newsletter to learn more!

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Commercial Risk Advisor- September

By Business Insurance
Our commercial newsletter for September focuses on conducting workplace health and safety incident investigations.

Do you know what to do in the event of a workplace accident or injury?  Read the newsletter and put a plan in place for your staff.

We also discuss managing the reputation of your business.  It is best to consider how the public views your business now rather than wait until you are in the midst of a crisis to attempt damage control.  There are simple ways to build public good will- many of them involve prioritizing your employees and being open and honest as a business owner.  Check out the newsletter for specific ideas.

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Commercial Risk Advisor- July

By Commercial Insights
Our commercial newsletter for July focuses on protecting your business during civil unrest. 
The potential for damage resulting from civil unrest varies widely from one business to another.  Take the time to assess your exposure and implement steps to protect your employees, customers, and property.
We also discuss common employment practices claims arising out of COVID-19.  Read the newsletter below to learn more about the increased risk of employment related claims and what you can do to mitigate that risk.

Click HERE to read the July Newsletter