Marty Skidmore

Property claims manager for Cincinnati Insurance, Marty Skidmore joined the company in 1978 as a claims representative in Indianapolis. Now a vice president of the company, he also has been a regional casualty claim manager. He also serves on the executive committee of Ohio’s FAIR Plan and chairs the Ohio FAIR Plan Blue Ribbon Arson Committee and the Ohio FAIR Plan Claims Committee.

Keep safe and warm when using space heaters


Many of us use portable electric space heaters to help keep us warm, but they can be hazardous if not used properly. Take precautions to keep your family safe from fire or burns. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 50,100 home heating fires occurred in the U.S. each year from 2008 to 2010. About 900 fires are attributed to portable heaters. While they represent only 2 percent of home heating fires, portable heaters were involved in 45 percent of all heating fires with a fatality.

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Before hurricane watch turns to warning


The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30 each year. Residents of Atlantic and Gulf coastal areas should have a plan in place for rough weather. The National Hurricane Center monitors tropical storm activity as it develops, issuing a hurricane watch or warning as necessary. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in a specified area and is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area. A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified[…..]

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Call before you dig – 811 nationwide


The snow has melted, the temperatures are moderating, and it’s time to get started on that springtime project list: planting a tree, installing a fence or building a new deck. Perhaps you’ve even made arrangements to rent that post-hole digger, and you’re all ready to go, right?

Well, not so quick. Make sure you haven’t forgotten an important factor before you contemplate digging: underground utilities.

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