Remember insurance as college students head back


Back-to-school time is a good time to review your insurance if you have a student headed back to college. Remember to talk to your independent insurance agent for advice to make sure your student’s car, electronics and other belongings are covered. Some coverage may extend from your own personal insurance policies, but individual circumstances can vary. Your agent will know how to help.

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Hoverboards: Fire extinguisher not included


UPDATE – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall by 10 companies of about 501,000 self-balancing scooters – also known as hoverboards – because the lithium-ion battery packs could overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire or exploding. The companies involved are listed on the CPSC website. The CPSC also provides consumers a link to report any incidents involving the products. — Hoverboards – a sought-after gift during the 2015 holiday season – now sit in millions of households across the country. But homeowners should take extra[…..]

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Demonstrating safety in educational science labs


We all remember chemistry class in high school and the fun of seeing our teacher perform that cool experiment. The lure of the wow factor of performing chemical demonstrations to teach the interactions between different elements and chemicals has been a steady part of science education for years. Across the country, several recent high-profile incidents of students being burned and injured in lab fires have brought a heightened awareness to safety.

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Keep your fire protection system from freezing


Fire protection equipment is especially vulnerable when arctic temperatures affect a building. If pipes freeze, a business or school could be forced to close temporarily if life safety cannot be assured. Failure or disruption of these important fire protection systems can also be expensive to repair.

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