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Ingram Insurance Agency Blog: 2_2014

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For most of us this year, it seems that we have been pretty spoiled with having nice weather. The temperatures have been fairly mild, and the amount of snow, even in the Chicago, Illinois, area, has been at a minimum. But let’s not be fooled—winter is still here and the weather can change at a moment’s notice. READ MORE >>

In recent years, there has been a national increase in discussion regarding the dangers of distracted driving. One of the benefits of that awareness can be observed here in Illinois where there has been successful legislation passed to update the laws relating to cell phone usage behind the wheel. READ MORE >>

During the wintertime in the Midwest, the weather can be frightening, especially while driving. Motorists should know to be cautious while driving in adverse conditions. Here are a few tips showing how to safely drive on snow- and ice-covered roads. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. READ MORE >>

Here is an easy habit that may help reduce hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure: start monitoring it at home. It’s easy, inexpensive, and scientifically proven. “Blood pressure has to be measured regularly at home, not just once in a while at the doctor’s office; that’s not enough to tell if medication is working or not,” says Dr. READ MORE >>

Slips and falls are a loss trend we consistently see with our commercial accounts. These claims are from both frequency and severity of injuries. A few controls can certainly help a business owner minimize exposures. The priority safety controls for slips and falls in winter should be: READ MORE >>

With the recent storms, we should be reminded to have winter emergency kits for our vehicles. Below are a few ideas and tips for making and storing an emergency kit for your vehicle. Suggested Emergency Kit Items Plastic storage bin with lid that would be small enough to fit in your trunk Small shovel READ MORE >>

Do you have life insurance? Have you recently reviewed your beneficiaries to ensure they are up to date with your wishes in the event of your death? It is very common for people to get life insurance as a benefit with their employer and/or take out a policy on their own. READ MORE >>

House fires occur most often in winter. As a property Supervisor at Pekin Insurance, I see a lot of house fires this time of year that could have easily been prevented if proper fire safety precautions were followed. READ MORE >>

Did you know that in each of the last 10 years the hazard communication standard has been on the top 10 most cited regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? In 2012, OSHA implemented changes to the hazard communication standard to help align the U.S. READ MORE >>

The body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. With the short daylight hours in the winter, we have less opportunity to be out in the sunlight. When we are out, we are often covered from head to toe with scarves, mittens, and hats. READ MORE >>

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