August 5, 2016

With the temperatures soaring, heat can lead to heat stroke and even death. OSHA recommends

To prevent heat-related illness and fatalities on the job:

Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty. Rest in the shade to cool down. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing. Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency. Keep an eye on fellow workers. "Easy does it" on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.
July 19, 2016

Summer is here and we break out the grill. Here are a few reminders regarding grilling:

Choose a safe location for your grill. Keep grills on a level surface more than ten feet away from the house, garage or other structures. Keep children and pets away, as well as overhanging branches. Grills should not be used on a balcony or under an overhang. Avoid placing grills too close to combustible deck rails.

Grill outside only. Never use a grill in a garage, vehicle, tent or other enclosed space, even if ventilated, due to risk of harmful carbon monoxide buildup.

Keep the grill going on a cold day. During cool weather days, avoid wearing a scarf or other loose clothing that may catch on fire. Consumer Reports recommends shielding the grill from wind, placing it about ten feet from combustible surfaces and materials, and keeping the lid closed to retain as much heat as possible. Allow extra time for pre-heating the grill in colder weather and check temperatures of meat and fish with a meat thermometer to ensure that food is safe to eat.

Teach kids to stay safe. Make a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the grill and areas where hot food is prepared or carried. Children under five are especially vulnerable to burns from contact with a hot grill surface. Grill contact accounted for 37% of burns seen at emergency rooms in 2014 involving children under five.²

Remember post-grilling safety. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. If you grill with charcoal and need to dispose of the coals, soak them in water to extinguish them before disposing in a metal container. Otherwise, cover the grill tightly and close the vents, this should extinguish the coals and whatever is left will be ready for next time.

June 20, 2016

Warm weather has us itching to get outdoors.   And opening a homeowner's swimming pool is high on the Honey Do List.

But, before you say "Everyone In the Pool", here are some tips to keep you, your family, and your visitors safe and protected.

Check your pool supplies - especially the expiration dates on the water treatment chemicals. Carefully remove the pool cover by pumping excess standing water on the top, clean it thoroughly and allow to dry. Inspect walls and liners for punctures or tears, scrub and clean wall. Check the deck area around the pool to fix any tripping hazards. Replace plugs, and reinstall pumps, filters, or other items and fittings that were removed at the end of the previous season. Check the sure drain covers are in place and properly installed.  Make sure the covers protect children, in particular, to prevent body parts or hair from becoming trapped in the drain due to suction. Analyze the water quality and add treatment chemicals as needed to adjust the chlorine, pH and alkalinity to desired levels.  Make sure to read the manufacturer's usage instructions. Run pump continuously at the beginning of the season until the pool water is clear and balanced. Reinstall and tightly secure any ladders, railings, diving boards or slides. If you haven't installed a fence around the pool, do so with a latched/locked gate.

If you have just installed a new pool, please call us and we will provide you with a quote to make sure that you are covered for liability and property damage.

And have a great Spring and Summer!

Source:  NSF Consumer Information

June 8, 2016

Hurricane season is upon us and it is never too late to get prepared.  One of the items we encourage you to have is a go-bag.  You don't know when you might need to evacuate your home and you don't want to run around at the last minute trying to compile what you need.  Ready.gov has an Emergency Supply List to help you compile your items.  Click here to obtain a copy.  Also you can go to https://www.ready.gov/kit for additional emergency supplies.  

March 24, 2016

Each year, over 150 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites. Employers need to know how to:

Select fall protection systems appropriate for given situations Install safety systems properly Supervise employees properly Use safe work procedures Train workers in the proper selection, use, and maintenance of fall protection systems

Implement a Fall Protection & Prevention Plan today.

February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a special day – a day when flowers, candy, and jewelry are freely given to celebrate “love”.  If you are either giving or receiving jewelry, we want you to protect this keepsake with proper coverage either by adding it to your homeowners or your personal floater.

Enjoy the day and should you need us to add to your policy or purchase a policy, give us a call at the agency.

October 6, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring Cyber Security Awareness Month.  All during the month of October, we will post tips on our social media pages to assist you in protecting your businesses.

According to a recent cyber survey over 82% of organizations expect to be attacked.  77% saw an increase in attacks against their companies.

Due to the shortage of skilled cyber security professionals, it is imperative that you educate your employees on how to fight cyber security threats and recognize trends.

If you have not considered cyber liability insurance for first- and third-party coverages, now is the time to talk to us.

Schedule an appointment to find out more.

October 2, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin is expected to bring heavy rains, winds, and flooding to our area.

Check out these Tips for Hurricane Preparedness and be prepared.   Don't hesitate to reach out to your DiMatteo team members with any questions.

Should you need to file a claim, click on Claims Assistance on the website.  Or if it is an emergency, contact us at 203.395.7752.
 

September 1, 2015
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month   You might be surprised to find out that for as little as 40 cents/day or $13/month you can purchase a $250,000 term policy for a 30-year old.   During Life Insurance Awareness Month, we want to present this valuable product to protect your family and your businesses.   Call us today to find out how inexpensive this policy can be and how priceless it is as a part of your insurance portfolio.
August 31, 2015

Thanks to all of our participants and sponsors at our Annual Golf Event.  We received the following message from Bill Purcell, President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and we wanted to share it with you:  "Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful time at the "10th Annual DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation Golf Event"!


Everything about the day was perfect; including the Course, the Food & Drink,  and the Company.
And thanks for your generous support of this year's Charities.


I have the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club and Spooner House, and enjoy a close relationship with BHCare's The Umbrella as well.


All three of these organizations truly appreciate the meaningful support that you are providing to their efforts."
 

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