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Keeping summer breezy and fun with summer safety

Keeping summer breezy and fun with summer safety

Heat Safety Have a plan A big part of staying safe in the heat is having a good plan. Have a rough idea of how long you will be out in the sun and the heat, and then plan accordingly. Protect your eyes and skin and stay covered (wearing loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, […]

Essential fireworks safety and insurance information

Essential fireworks safety and insurance information

The Fourth of July and spectacular fireworks displays go hand-in-hand. Fireworks are beautiful, but they’re also dangerous and in some cases, illegal. Longtime Indiana Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson deems fireworks dangers to be serious enough that he has these cautionary words: “If someone using fireworks accidentally starts a fire, to their property or that […]

Do You Have an Emergency Fund?

Do You Have an Emergency Fund?   As you prepare to invest, it’s important to set aside some money—about the equivalent of 3 to 6 months’ of living expenses—in an emergency fund. There are times when people become ill or are injured in accidents. Employers lay off workers. If something unexpected happens to you, having […]

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day from all of us at Hicks and Associates Insurance! Bone up on your Star Spangled Banner Facts! Did you know Betsy Ross didn’t make the first flag?? In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill (1776–1857) was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The one that became the […]

What Every Business Owner Needs To Know About Premises Liability

What Every Business Owner Needs To Know About Premises Liability

You probably already know that if a person slips and falls at your business, you’re a prime target for a lawsuit. At the very least, you’ve probably seen the personal injury lawyer advertisements on daytime television that promise to hold businesses accountable for their negligence and get injured parties the money they deserve. As an insurance […]

6 Tips for Boat Safety

6 Tips for Boat Safety

In the Shoals, we are lucky to have water everywhere to swim, play and boat in. Follow these tips to be the most water safe you can this summer. 1. Booze and Boat Driving Don’t Mix: With the way performance boats are today, with all the skills that need to be ready at hand and […]

9 Ways to Stay Safe at Amusement Parks

9 Ways to Stay Safe at Amusement Parks

Accidents happen at amusement parks, from skinned knees to serious ride malfunctions. But theme parks have a number of safety measures in place to ensure that your family’s time there is fun and incident-free. In fact, state inspectors and regulatory agencies are in charge of “fixed rides,” such as the roller coasters you find at […]

2018 saw the most multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness in more than a decade, CDC says

2018 saw the most multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness in more than a decade, CDC says

Foodborne illnesses killed 120 Americans last year and sickened 25,606, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its annual report Thursday, acknowledging an increasing incidence of infection caused by eight major pathogens and a sharp uptick in the number of multistate outbreaks. The CDC logged 23 multistate investigations last year, the most in at […]