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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers small business owners free, user-friendly resources that can help assure their business continuity, along with checklists to help them protect their business investments and property when bad or severe weather threatens. “No matter where in America they are located, small businesses face a significant risk from severe weather events. The good news is with some basic, thoughtful planning, these risks can be managed, reduced and often ...

Summer may be winding down, but historically, the worst part of hurricane season is just beginning. Fortunately, there are simple steps that you can take to protect your wallet, your property and even your life, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and October, according to an analysis of weather data ranging from 1851 to 2011 by the National ...

Managing and growing a successful startup takes vision, passion—and the right type and amount of business insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).  “Starting and maintaining a new business can be costly, but the last place business owners should cut corners is insurance,” said Loretta Worters, a vice president with the I.I.I. “Proper business insurance coverage can be critical to—and is often a requirement for—a startup’s success." Understanding the factors used by insurance companies to price a business ...

Auto insurance for teen drivers

Is there a newly licensed driver in your home? Reduce the stress by understanding the implications for your car policy For parents, the excitement of having a first-time driver in the house is usually tempered with worry. With little driving experience and raging hormones, immature drivers are at a higher risk for accidents. Of course, safety concern is uppermost in most parents' minds but other stressors—like the high cost of insuring your new driver and ...

Whether you own or lease a single business car or an entire fleet of commercial vehicles, you’ll need to purchase commercial auto insurance. Your insurance professional can help you weigh your risks and evaluate coverage options. But even with insurance in place, you’ll want to take steps to prevent accidents and protect your employees and vehicles. Your business can reduce the chance of an accident by establishing and enforcing the following practices and policies. Hard-and-fast driving ...

Where you travel, the vehicle rented, the rental contract and other factors can all impact coverage, so it really depends on the situation. Below is a general overview, as it relates to a Massachusetts Auto Policy (MAP), of issues to consider. A MAP is not worldwide. It only covers you in the U.S., it’s territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. As long as you have comprehensive and collision coverages on any of your own vehicles, ...

  Workers' compensation policies issued to Sole Proprietors and Partnerships do not provide coverage for the individual sole proprietor or partner(s) unless they elect coverage for themselves. This can leave a gap in workers’ compensation coverage as shown below:      What does this mean to you?  Sole Proprietors & Partner(s) – Make sure you have elected the proper coverage as most companies already expect that you have it in place. You have bills to pay and could be injured ...

Even a well-maintained vehicle can break down, so it’s advisable to put together an emergency roadside kit to carry with you. A cell phone tops the list of suggested emergency kit contents since it allows you to call for help when and where you need it. Suggested emergency roadside kit contents:  Cell phone  First aid kit  Flashlight  Flares and a white flag Jumper cables  Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire  Work gloves ...

Whether your a new driver on one with years of experience, it's always good to review safe driving habits. Even if you know what good habits are, there are often times where you're put in a situation where you have to make a decision to drive.  When it doubt, let someone else drive, pull over or call a cab.   Avoid Fatigue The best way to stay focused while driving is to avoid fatigue. Schedule your ...

Grilling Safety

Every year, millions of Americans safely enjoy outdoor barbecues, but accidents do happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, causing an annual average of $37 million in damage, 100 injuries and 10 deaths. The majority of grill fires are caused by malfunctioning gas grills. In addition, thousands of people visit emergency rooms every year because they have burned themselves while barbecuing. In the rare ...

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.