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Flood Safety Series: Preparation for Flooding

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Jan 20, 2015 1:47:47 PM

When living or working in an area of high risk flooding, it is essential that appropriate safety preparations are made, along with knowing what to do in the event of a dangerous flood. Here are several tips to follow that will help prepare you and your family from a flood:
  • Have a family flood response plan ready to act upon in the event of flood danger.
  • Make an inventory of your important household items, with an emphasis on the basement if there is one and what is stored there.
  • Comprise a list of emergency phone numbers and have a safe location to take refuge in if necessary.
  • Have a safe place for storing imperative items such as medications, personable valuables, and important documents.
  • Be able to shut off the gas and electricity of your home in the event of an emergency.
  • Sign up for emergency weather notifications, such as flash flooding, in your area.
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Employee Fitness Center Liability: Protecting Your Business

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Jan 14, 2015 11:22:00 AM

On-site fitness centers can be a powerful way to improve productivity, reduce time away from work, promote wellness and recruit top talent; however, they also present a serious liability exposure. There are several steps you can take to reduce your liability for employee injuries beyond a simple waiver. A waiver will not always hold in court if the company is found to have staffed the facility with untrained workers or furnished it with poor equipment, and may not depending on the state that litigation is taking place. Designing the fitness center for optimal safety and transferring risk with an appropriate insurance package are essential parts of risk management that will help your on-site fitness center succeed.
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Navigating Slippery Roads in Winter

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Jan 6, 2015 11:56:35 AM

By reading this it means you have successfully survived another holiday season and deserve a congratulations. With that being said, winter is far from over and weather conditions can still pose a serious threat. Driving in these conditions can be very dangerous and you must be adequately prepared to brave the elements.

Here are some tips safety tips before you start driving:

  • Make sure your car is routinely checked – battery life, tire tread, windshield wipers, and antifreeze.
  • Plan your route – Allow plenty of time (check the weather), leave early if necessary, familiarize yourself with directions, and let others know of your estimated arrival time.
  • Items to have on hand – flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, etc.), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, blankets, and warning devices (such as flares). For longer trips, add food, water, and any important medications.
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Start Saving Money on Gas Today

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Jan 2, 2015 3:19:21 PM

No matter what the price of gas is at a given time, it is always nice to be able to save a little money. There are several small changes anybody can make that eventually add up to big savings when done consistently. If you are looking to spend less time and money at the pump, read on for some easy things you can start doing today.
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How to Safely Celebrate the New Year

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 30, 2014 3:35:53 PM

2015 is right around the corner which means celebration is in order to wrap up another great year. If you plan on celebrating the coming of the New Year with alcohol, these tips will help you celebrate responsibly and safely end 2014.

Staying Safe While Celebrating the Season

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How to Best Handle Holiday Stress

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 19, 2014 2:44:25 PM

The holiday season can be one of the best times of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. Shopping for gifts, several holiday parties, and time with family can be pretty taxing on your mental and emotional health – although these aspects all part of getting into the holiday spirit, don’ t let them keep you from relaxing and enjoying the season’s festivities.

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What College Graduates Need to Know About Insurance

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 16, 2014 4:37:43 PM

You have just graduated college and are ready to take on the real world! Alright so that sounds simple enough, but there are plenty of different responsibilities ahead to handle that do not include writing papers or taking exams. A common difficulty many young adults face with newfound independence is figuring out their how to responsibly handle finances, and selecting insurance options is a large part of this process – We at Clarke & Sampson are here to help make that process much easier. With some thoughtful planning, obtaining the right insurance is more simple and affordable than you may think.

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Decorate Safely During the Holidays

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 9, 2014 4:25:54 PM

Christmas Tree Tips

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Six Tips to Keep Your Financial Information Safe While Shopping Online

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 1, 2014 4:49:19 PM

With the holidays well underway and Christmas just around the corner many people resort to getting their shopping done online. Getting your shopping done over the internet is often times much more convenient and can be done in the confines of your home. Although it can be easier to make purchases from your couch – avoiding lines at the mall is always great – you must be aware of the threats you’re being exposed to when shopping online.    

Below you will find several suggestions that will help keep you protected when shopping online:

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Holiday Kitchen Safety Tips

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Nov 25, 2014 3:42:51 PM

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, many families are putting their homes in order for the annual food and festivities. For some people the most important part of this holiday is an extravagant meal, for others it is football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While most of us are only spectators for the latter two, preparing for the holiday feast is well within our control, and the most important part of that preparation is maintaining safety in the kitchen.


Two of the most common risks that take place in the kitchen are cutting hazards and fires. Each of these risks are typically a result of being inattentive and can usually be avoided. Don’t let your attention be pulled away from the task at hand from a distraction – this can be difficult with the children and their cousins running around with boundless energy – be sure not to leave what you are cooking unattended for too long and focus intently until you have finished any chopping or cutting. Below are several tips for working in the kitchen safely and successfully for the holiday.

Knife Safety:

-          Cut in the direction away from your body.

-          Keep fingers and thumbs out of the way of the cutting line.

-          Never try to rush a cutting, slicing, or chopping task.

-          Store knives in a designated area when they are not in use, never store with the blades exposed.

-          Avoid placing knives near the edge of a countertop.

-          Keep talking and other distractions to a minimum when using knives or other sharp utensils.

Kitchen Fire Prevention:

-          Never leave your cooking unattended.

-          Make sure clothes aren’t too loose fitting– hanging sleeves may drape into pans or open flames.

-          Use lower heat settings in order to cook food more thoroughly and safely.

-          Do not place metal or foil in a microwave oven.

-          Always keep the fan on in the vent-hood when cooking.

-          Check burners, ovens, and appliances to make sure they are off after you finish cooking.

Safety is a priority for us here at Clarke & Sampson and we want to make sure your holidays go smoothly and safely. If you have any questions regarding kitchen safety feel free to give us a call at (703)683-6601 or click the button below.

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