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  • Holiday Safety Tips #2: Hazardous Toys

    If you are giving toys this season, here are ten toys that WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) suggest you avoid:
  • Holiday Safety Tips #1

    Holiday Season is a special time of year.  And with it comes careless and vulnerability to theft and other holiday crime.  For the month of December,  we will post a series of safety precautions to help insure you have a wonderful holiday.  Our Tip #1 features Shopping at Malls. 
  • Fireplace Holiday Preparation

    With the holidays, we want to feature our fireplaces with holiday decorations.  Here are a few tips to keep your safe this holiday season.
  • Cyber Monday is Here

    Cyber Monday is expected to set new online records with a 17.5% increase from last year or $7.7 billion in sales.   If you are one of the millions shopping online, here are some safety tips to follow:
  • Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

    Here are some cooking safety tips to follow as you get ready for Thanksgiving:
  • Thanking our Veterans on Veteran's Day

    Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today.  These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.  On behalf of all the members of our agency, we want to say “thank you” to all our Veterans.
  • Daylight Savings Ends

    Sunday, November 4th, is the end of Daylight Savings Time.  What does that mean, you gain an hour of sleep?  So don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before going to be on Saturday, November 3rd.
  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace

    According to a recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, approximately a third of women and a quarter of men report being a victim of violence by a partner at some point in their lives.   This means an employee being a victim or perpetrator is higher than you realize.
  • Renovations

    How They Affect Your Homeowners Premium
  • Falls Drive Up Construction Workers’ Comp Costs

    More than 30% of workers’ compensation claims stem from construction sites are the results of falls from elevated surfaces according to Nationwide Mutual Insurance.
  • Eustis Acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency

    Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), the middle market agency subsidiary of Marsh, today announced the acquisition of Eustis Insurance & Benefits, a leading independent insurance agency in Louisiana. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
  • Safety Driving Tips in School Zones

    With children back in school, now is a good time to remind you about safety tips in a school zone.
  • September is National Preparedness Month

    Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in insuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. These Emergency Preparedness and Response pages supplied by OSHA can  provide information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency. Go to https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html for specific plans for tornadoes, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes.
  • Attention T-Mobile Users - Data Breach

    On August 20, 2018, T-Mobile contacted their customers to alert them of an unauthorized person accessing certain personal information.  The data that was compromised was name, phone number, email address, account number, and type.
  • Do You Know What The Most Costly Home Property Damages Are?

    These five causes of home damage were identified by the Travelers in their recent report which tracked claims from 2009 to 2016.
  • Safeco Insurance Recognizes Eustis for Exception Performance

    Safeco Insurance has recognized Eustis Insurance & Benefits, as a Safeco® Elite Agent based upon outstanding performance and partnership. Fewer than 10% of independent insurance agencies countrywide that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this distinguished honor.
  • Cyber Protection Is More Than Insurance

    No matter what your business, cyber-attacks are an increasingly common occurrence.  They not only affect the Internet, but also attack your core business systems.  In addition to your cyber liability coverage, you need to implement risk management support. 
  • Back to School

    August is Back to School Safety Month.  With the new school year about to start, it’s a good time to remind motorists to be extra careful at all times.  Here are some safety reminders for drivers:
  • Take the Pledge

    What are the 100 deadliest days for teens?  It’s from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when accidents among teens drivers spike by 15%. Join the millions who have pledged to drive distraction free.  From checking emails to posting on social media - all of it can wait.
  • Going Boating? 8 Things to Leave Behind

    There are plenty of things you should remember to bring when heading off on a boating adventure, but there are also a few things that you’d be better off leaving behind. Certain items can create safety issues on a boat, while other things can just be a plain mess to clean up. Whether it’s your own boat or someone else’s, consider leaving these things behind when heading out for a day on the waves.
  • Food Safety During the Summer Months

    Summer is the perfect time for outdoor picnics, barbeques, and sports.  It is also the perfect time to breed food bugs.  Take a look at some tips from the Food Network to keep both your food and family safe:
  • Preventing Worksite Fatigue

    According to a recent survey by the National Safety Council, 32% of reported injuries and near-misses are due to fatigued employees.
  • Check Your Deck for Summer Safety

    Backyard decks are the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with family and friends. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries.
  • Business Continuity - Are You Ready?

    With Hurricane Season upon us, it makes sense to review your business continuity plan.  To illustrate why you need a comprehensive plan, here is a story from a business owner in Houston regarding their business recovery experience.
  • Small Business Optimism Nears 45-Year High

    In May, Small Business Optimism rose to 107.8 - the second highest level in the 45-year survey history according to JobCreators.  Income increases hit a 45-year high with a net 35 percent reporting raises for their employees, while positive sales trends are at the highest since 1995.  Business expansion plans are the most robust in survey history. 
  • Thinking of Buying a Motorcycle?

    You will need to consider obtaining coverage for your motorcycle.  While you can easily add it to your personal auto policy, there might be a better way to provide protection due to numerous gaps in coverage since auto policies were not designed with motorcycles in mind.
  • Thinking of adding a four-legged member to the family - Breeds that are not Family-Friendly

    24 dog breeds have been identified by experts that should not be around children or young families.  These breeds can also cause your homeowner’s insurance to skyrocket or cause a cancellation.
  • Ways to Maintain Your Home & Prevent Losses

    Here are a few maintenance tips you might want to add to your Honey-Do list:
  • Keep Safe During This Memorial Day Weekend

    Lots going on this weekend; most likely you will have a barbeque and take a dip in the pool.  Here are a few things to consider this Memorial Day weekend to keep you and your family safe:
  • Mobile Device Threats

    According to Michael Ogden in his recent article in PropertyCasualty 360, there are five mobile devise threats and how to prevent them.
  • Happy Mother's Day

  • Support Local Businesses This Weekend

    Wrap up the Small Business Week by supporting local businesses.  Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy. They also create two out of every three new jobs.  To survive they need our support.
  • Malicious Cyber Activity Costs US up to $109 billion in 2016

    Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.
  • February is Insurance Career Month

    Have you considered a career in insurance?  It’s more than a job, it’s more than “selling” – it’s about working with a client to provide them with the very best insurance coverage to meet their needs and mitigate their risks. It’s a rewarding career.
  • Winter Flooding and Its Effects

    Throughout the coldest months of the year, winter flooding is a country-wide risk.
  • Groundhog Day - Will Spring Be Far Behind? Not according to Phil!

    Today, we observe Groundhog Day!  According to USA Today - Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s celebrity groundhog, was coaxed from his burrow in western Pennsylvania early Friday as an anxious nation watches to find out whether we’ll have an early spring or six more miserable weeks of cold and snow.
  • Sunday is Data Privacy Day - Small Businesses Observe

    Smaller businesses have become targets for cybercriminals because criminals know they have fewer defense resources than large enterprises.
  • Cold & Flu Prevention in the Workplace

    Flu season is here and flu viruses are often passed from person to person.  What can you recommend to your employees to prepare themselves and their workstations from these invisible bugs?  Read on.
  • Start the New Year with Safety Checks

    As we start the new year, it is a great time to check the following devices to insure they are in top working order.
  • Happy New Year!

    On behalf of all of us at the agency we want to wish you a Happy New Year!  Be careful this week-end when driving; and, if you are planning on drinking, please have a designated driver.
  • 2017 Ten Most Hazardous Toys

    The non-profit, World Against Toys Causing Harm, has released its 2017 list of the ten most hazardous toys. W.A.T.C.H. says consumers buying toys on the Internet are already at a disadvantage, as they are unable to touch and physically inspect a toy and its packaging at the time of sale for more obvious hazards. In some cases, limited product information on e-commerce sites can lead to misinformed, and potentially dangerous, consumer toy purchases.
  • Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a Holiday Decoration Safety Tips Flyer and here are some tips to keep in mind as you decorate your home and business for the holidays:
  • Holiday cyber security tips to ensure safe holiday online shopping

    With the holidays upon us, online shopping is predicted to increase 7 to 10%, or as much as $117 billion this season.  If you are among these online shoppers, here are a few safety tips to protect yourself from a cyber-crime.
  • Remembering on Veterans Day

    Tomorrow is Veterans Day and all of us at the agency want to thank our veterans for their sacrifices in keeping our country safe.  We are the home of the free because of the brave.
  • Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time - Change Your Clocks on Sunday

    It’s that time of year when we gain another hour’s sleep by reverting to Standard Time.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday evening. Standard time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday.
  • Trick or Treat Safety Tips

    Here are some tips to get ready for Halloween to insure you have a safe outing.
  • Tree Maintenance & Care

    Fall is a great time to prepare the trees on your property for winter.  The trees in your yard can enhance your property, provide shade and offer abundant environmental benefits. However, trees can also pose a safety hazard to your family and your home if they are not properly inspected and maintained.
  • The Ultimate 7 Fall Maintenance Tips

    With spring cleaning far behind, and summer fun all but over, it’s time to start fall home maintenance.  Fall is the perfect time to perform important maintenance to your home so you’re not caught in the middle of winter with a drafty house or a malfunctioning heater.  We’ve compiled the top eight fall home maintenance tips, along with what you can do to ensure your home stays warm and comfortable this winter.
  • Disaster Preparedness

    With National Preparedness month wrapping up, it’s a good time, in light of the hurricanes and storms, to remind you to prepare.  One project to consider is a Family Communication Plan.
  • Child Passenger Safety - September 17 to 23rd

    Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Passenger Safety Board.  Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.
  • Play or Pay Penalties

    The IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the ACA’s individual and employer mandate penalties.
  • Back-to-School Safety Checklist

    School is starting and is your child ready?  Keeping him/her safe from injury is extremely important.  To assist you, we have provided a Safety Checklist from the National Safety Council which speaks to walking to school, riding a bike to school, riding the bus, and then school safety tips such as back-pack related injuries and preventing playground injuries.
  • Solar Eclipse Safety on the 21st

    We are set for unique experience on Monday, August 21st –  a total coast-to-coast solar eclipse. During that time, the sun will be blocked for two minutes and create eerie diamond rings of light, weather permitting.  So, if you are watching on tv or seeing it in person, you should be awed. 
  • Safety Items for Back to School

    You received your list of supplies your child needs to go back to school.  Here are some safety items you might consider adding to your list.  Each is designed to provide immediate ways to protect your child from unwanted attention.
  • Family Fun Month

    August is Family Fun Month and keeping everyone safe while enjoying the outdoors can be challenging.  Here are some safety tips to ensure you have a wonderful experience from the NYSPCC. Practice water, sun, bike, barbecue, and fire safety.  To read the entire article, click here.
  • Watercraft Thefts

    Recreational boating continues to grow in both popularity and in risk.  Boats are on the lakes, in the ocean, and on the rivers, all during the summer.
  • Remembering on Memorial Day

    As we enjoy this weekend with our friends and family, let us take a moment to remember those heroes who have given their lives, who have served, or who are serving, to protect our precious freedom. They are our true heroes. On behalf of all of us at Eustis Insurance & Benefits, we wish you a Happy Memorial Da
  • Did You know Landscaping Affects Your Home Value?

    We all have our “Honey Do” lists and are working on our gardens and planning our landscapes.  But did you know that landscaping can improve or hurt your property values which affect your insurance premiums?  That’s right!
  • Happy Mother's Day

    On behalf of all of us at the agency, we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love and new memories.
  • Support Local Small Businesses This Weekend!

    Don’t forget!  Support your local small businesses as we wrap up Small Business Week. Help our community thrive by shopping local.  In addition, post a message on your Facebook page to keep our neighborhoods vibrant and alive.  
  • Dog Bites and Your Insurance

    Ah, that Rottweiler puppy is so cute, you adopted a Doberman, your family gave you a pit bull, what do they all have in common - they are three of the top breeds blacklisted by insurance companies.  In some states insurance has been denied to households with certain breeds.  Why?  Because, according to Allstate Insurance, the average claim was close to $30,000.  And in Washington, the state’s Supreme Court jury awarded $2.2 million to a woman who was attacked by pit bulls.
  • Are you planning on upgrades to your home?

    Warmer weather is here, and we’re looking to implement home upgrades that you have planned all winter.  If you are remodeling your kitchen or bath, adding a room, replacing your roof, or upgrading your plumbing and electrical, then give us a call.
  • Take the Pledge to Drive Cell Free

    The National Safety Council has created “Just Drive” dedicated to bringing awareness to distracted driving.  We encourage you, your children, your family, and your business associates to take the pledge to be an attentive driver.  Click here to take the pledge. 
  • Flood - It's Spring & With It Flood Season

    With temperatures starting to change, now is the time to take a Flood Risk Profile to learn your flood risk. You might not think you are in a flood zone, but make sure.  Spring thaw brings heavy rains which overflow streams, rivers, and lakes near your homes and your businesses. Just a few inches of rain can cause thousands of dollars in damages. FEMA has created a “Spring is Flood Season - Understanding and Reducing The Risk” flyer with helpful tips in preparing an emergency plan, conducting a home inventory and finally purchasing flood insurance.  Simply click here. 
  • National Ladder Safety

    According to OSHA, about 20,000 injuries and 300 deaths happen every year due to ladder falls.
  • Tax Season & Cyber

    Accounting firms are increasingly targeted for their information.  Tax Season is a perfect time for phishing scams, hacking and malware since emails fly furiously during this time.  Data that is placed in the accounting firm’s care is the firm’s responsibility.  Now is the time for accountants to add cyber liability to their overall risk transfer portfolio.  Call us today for a quote.
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