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Woodchippers efficient, but demand extra caution

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woodchipper

Woodchippers are an efficient way to clean up wood, fallen branches and other debris, but their force and rapidly moving blades pose serious dangers. Follow these safety practices to use a woodchipper safely and effectively.

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Tips to protect taxpayers from identity theftduring and after the pandemic

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taxpayers-identity-protection

Taxpayers, beware of fraudsters out to trick you for your information. Tax return identity theft has reached such epidemic proportions that it tops the list of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. Here are tips the IRS wants you to know about identity theft so you can avoid becoming a victim.

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Walking (and driving) in a winter wonderland

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man-scraping-car

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed many more people out and about as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. In my neighborhood, people are jogging, pushing baby carriages, chasing toddlers, walking dogs and riding bikes. On the surface, it’s good to see people getting exercise, fresh air and even socializing at safe distances. But an increase in foot traffic can create some concerns.

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The hidden effect of COVID-19 on fleet safety

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fleet-safety

If you’ve driven a motor vehicle since COVID-19 restrictions were initiated in March 2020, you’ve undoubtedly noticed fewer vehicles on the road. You might think this would result in a reduction in overall auto crash rates in general and fatality rates in particular. Unfortunately, it appears just the opposite is happening. While actual miles driven have declined, crash and fatality rates have increased.

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Cincinnati Insurance keeps your data privacy at the top of our priorities

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data-privacy

At Cincinnati, we don’t have to look far to see the importance of privacy. The Cincinnati Ethic — our principles for treating employees, customers, agents and business partners fairly — includes putting people first and living the golden rule every day. That’s why we treat your privacy the way we want our privacy to be treated. We do not sell personal information.

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Maintain your hardscape cobblestone and paver walkways

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hardscape-driveway

Cobblestone or interlocking paver driveways or sidewalks can be an attractive addition to your property, providing an architectural element not possible with cement or blacktop; however, cobblestone features may require additional maintenance.

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Never leave a wet floor unattended or unmarked

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wet-floor

When unexpected spills, tracked-in snow or rain, leaking appliances or other sources lead to floor contamination, your employees’ response can easily be the difference between a slip and fall, prompting a potential injury claim, or it being a non-event.  

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Vacation nightmare… times two

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water-in-kitchen

They say that homes that experience one water loss are likely to experience more. After experiencing two separate water heater leaks in our home while my family was away on vacation, I guess it’s true.

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Consider safety before taking your restaurant outdoors

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restaurant-outdoors

Restaurants seeking new ways to stay operational during the pandemic are constructing temporary structures to extend the outdoor dining season. Use of these structures without proper safety precautions and adequate protections for customers and employees could lead to unforeseen legal and safety consequences.

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Find your main water valve before crisis strikes

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gate-valve

You are in your house. Suddenly you see water rushing out of the dishwasher. You need to shut off the water quickly to stop the flow and prevent damage. Would you know where to find the main water valve?

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