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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Every day over 2,000 Americans suffer from an eye injury.  This means that almost one million Americans have experienced some vision loss due to eye injury which results in more than $300 million in lost work time, medical expenses and workman's compensation according to YourSightMatters.com. 

The most common eye problem is computer vision syndrome. 

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.

The report quoted the U.S. intelligence community as saying the main foreign culprits responsible for much cyber activity against U.S. targets are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

But it also said malicious cyber activity is not limited to foreign actors. Corporate competitors, activists seeking to advance a political agenda and organized crime are also responsible, it said.

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.  

If you are interested in helping others to protect themselves from catastrophic loss, then we want to share our client experiences with you to see if the insurance industry is a good fit for you.

It's all about caring.

Winter Flooding and Its Effect

Throughout the coldest months of the year, winter flooding is a country-wide risk. 

What causes winter flooding?

Coastal flooding, ice jams, and rapid snowmelt cause water damage.  High winds cause wide-spread tidal flooding and severe beach erosion.  Strong winds cause water levels to rise and create storm surges. 

Long cold periods cause surface rivers to freeze, causing ice jams.  As these large junks of ice beak apart, they create severe flooding by significantly raising the water levels in a short period of time.

Groundhog Day - Will Spring Be Far Behind? Not according to Phl!

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.

If cybercriminals can breach a small business and steal credentials (e.g. for banking accounts or email access), they can use that information to steal money directly, create attacks on its customers and work their way around the business ecosystem in other nefarious ways.

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.

Prevention Tips:

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.

Fire Extinguishers
Make sure the pin is intact and tamper seal is unbroken.  Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, make sure the extinguisher is full.

Fire Alarm/Co2 
Test your alarms and replace batteries

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.

Let's all keep our roads safe and start the New Year off right.

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.

Here's their list:

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