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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Why is water damage such a big deal?

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Water damage is consistently a common and severe cause of loss to homeowners. It is amazing to see the damage that water can do. Water carved the Grand Canyon – just think what it does to drywall or plaster! The good news is that water damage losses can be prevented or mitigated by a properly installed automatic water shut-off device.

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Control your equipment breakdown costs

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Because you work hard to ensure the success of your business, it makes sense to prepare for unexpected equipment breakdowns. Selecting an equipment breakdown coverage option with your business property insurance policy protects you against financial loss from the sudden and accidental breakdown of machinery and equipment.

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Thermography: Seeing the heat before the fire

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They looked just like any other circuit breakers: a set of electrical devices mounted in a steel box. But inside, invisible to the human eye, was a hidden danger. The breakers were smoldering at 159.7 degrees. Thermography made the danger visible.

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Strengthen your data privacy practices

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Your business, whatever its size, most likely processes and maintains information every day. At least annually, take time to review your data privacy practices to reinforce your information security and to reassess your cyber protection.

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Tips to protect taxpayers from ID theft

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Tax return identity theft has reached such epidemic proportions that it tops the list of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. Take note of tips the IRS wants you to know about identity theft so you can avoid becoming the victim.

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Are you covered? Don’t be caught underinsured

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Does your homeowner policy have sufficient coverage limits to help you recover fully after a loss and avoid incurring serious financial burdens? It’s a question many people don’t ask, and if they have a claim, it can leave them with unexpected expenses.

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Not on the coast? Tropical storms may still threaten

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Coastal dwellers remain on alert during hurricane season, but inland residents can be caught off-guard after a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. While the storm may diminish in strength, the potential remains for severe damage from winds and heavy rain. When you know a storm is coming, take steps to minimize damage and speed recovery.

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