January 6 deadline for USDOT clearinghouse

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Employers of commercial motor vehicle drivers should be making final preparations to comply with a federal law set to take effect in January. The U.S. Department of Transportation is rolling out a Federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse – a database to track commercial driver’s license holders who have tested positive for prohibited drug or alcohol use or who have refused to take a required test.

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Security systems: Take the proper steps to protect your home

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Claims experience shows that theft losses can be prevented when a central station burglar alarm is installed and activated in your home. Improve your family’s security and reduce the potential of home intrusion by knowing the basics for safety and alarm component options.

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Sprinklers essential to safety in high-rise residences

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High-rise buildings with residential uses pose unique risks that deserve special attention to safety. Whether you are purchasing a condo, staying in a hotel or living in a high-rise senior apartment or college dorm, consider whether the building is protected by automatic sprinkler systems.

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Fighting fire: Benefits of a residential sprinkler system

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It takes only minutes for a fire to escalate. Even with the responding fire department’s prompt arrival, a home could be destroyed. To help avoid this, have your home fitted with a residential sprinkler system.

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How annuity maximization could benefit your heirs

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Many people struggle to understand annuities and wonder if they really need one or not. To help shed light on this situation, let’s look at one example.

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Cyber security essential for smart homes

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Corporations are no longer the only ones looking at cyber security. Increasingly, homeowners whose networks can make them vulnerable to cyber extortion, cyberattack and online fraud are seeing cyber security as a necessity.

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Know the types of water shut-off devices

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There are two basic categories of water shut-off systems: whole-house systems and point-of-use systems. While both can prevent water damage, generally only a whole-house system qualifies for a premium credit on your homeowner insurance.

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Add dryer vents to your maintenance routine

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Proper maintenance can prevent the most common cause of dryer fires: lint buildup in dryer vents. Jayson Scott, national program director for Cincinnati’s fitness, sports and recreation program, offers tips for dryer maintenance in the August edition of ClubSolutions Magazine, a publication for health club operators. His tips can apply to any business or individual using a dryer.

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Making the most of the home walk-through

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It’s easy to get caught up in excitement when you’re looking for a new home. Keep in mind, though, when a home is listed for sale, it is being presented as positively as possible. As a prospective buyer, you will want to examine the property inside and out, door to door and ceiling to floor.

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