Laura Hobbs

Blog editor Laura Hobbs works in Cincinnati's Marketing department. A former newspaper journalist, she joined the company in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and earned the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Information Technology (AIT) designations from the Insurance Institutes of America.

A closer look at Underwriters Laboratories


When the scientists at Underwriters Laboratories test a safe for fire resistance, they fill it with paper and expose it to a 2,000-degree fire. The test doesn’t stop there. Next, they drop the safe two stories and see how well it holds up.

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Step to it! Making streets safe for pedestrians


Americans are increasingly including walking as part of their regular exercise program, and pedestrian activity naturally increases during the warmer months. More than 145 million adults in the U.S. walk for exercise, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With all those extra feet out and about, it’s important for both walkers and drivers to keep safety in mind

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Time to prepare for tornado season


Spring signals the start of tornado season for most of the United States, with a peak in May and June. Now is a good time to prepare by checking your emergency kit, buying fresh batteries and updating your family’s emergency communication plan.

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Technology takes to the road


Imagine a day when you can get in a car and use it like an elevator: push a button or program the car to take you to your destination. The car would be reliable enough to drive itself, leaving you to relax and pass the time reading your email, texting a friend or even sleeping without fear of a crash. That future may not be as far away as you think.

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