Holiday Safety Tips That Will Calm Your Holiday Nerves

This time of year, the buzz around many workplaces is all about holiday spirit, parties, gifts and celebrations. But, as an Insurance company and since we are always assessing risks and trying to protect our customers from unexpected holiday-related disasters, conversations tend to be a bit more doom-and-gloom around our office. The talk around the water cooler here at Duncan Financial Group is more about “turkey fryer fires”, ”snow damage” and ”winter weather disasters”. Below are what we have thought to be the most common 3 concerns for the Holiday Season.

 

#1- Cooking Fires:

The Concern: Did you know that the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. is cooking fires? Around the holiday season many people spend more time in the kitchen cooking up meals for large groups and baking holiday treats. The increased time in the kitchen makes the instance of cooking fires greater than any other time of the year. What exactly is the most dangerous piece of cooking equipment? For the past few years is has been nothing other than… the turkey fryer.

The Knowledge to save you from this hazard: Avoid loose clothing and keep flammable materials away from heat sources. While cooking up that seasonal meal, always keep an eye on the stove. Practicing safe cooking will help ensure a happy, stress free holiday.

#2- Harsh Winter Weather

The Concern:  Did you know that between 1991 and 2010 winter storms resulted in approximately $26 billion in catastrophic losses?! Whether Jack Frost is nipping at your nose or dragging you by your boot straps- snow, ice and cold weather can do quite a lot of damage to your home.

The Knowledge to save you from this hazard: When you’re up on the ladder this year putting up holiday lights, make sure your roof is in good shape and your gutters are cleared out. Also, take a look around for any low lying tree branches that could be brought down by heavy snow and remove or trim them to keep your home safe and warm this season.

#3- Thefts

The Concern: Unfortunately, holiday time burglaries have been on the rise over the past few years. If you think about it, Christmas presents wrapped up and placed under the tree are an easy target for a burglar who wants to get in and out of your home quickly and with some valuable items. Also at risk is your car. Many thieves are finding brand new purchases in the trunk or back seat of a vehicle as shoppers go from one store to the next.

The Knowledge to save you from this hazard: Show those burglars that you won’t become their next victim by protecting your valuables this season. Don’t put presents on display in your home especially in front of a window. Don’t leave gifts in your vehicle unattended. You should do this all year round, in order to prevent burglaries in your home.

Duncan Financial Group is always looking for ways to make their customers feel safe and protected visit our website today to see what else we can do for your well-being!

DFG Tips To Keep You & Your Guests Safe This Holiday Season

You May Be Thinking:

I’m hosting a party and I’m concerned about my guests drinking and driving. What can I do to reduce the risk?

Home hosts have a duty to serve alcohol responsibly and conscientiously. They need to ensure see intoxicated guests do not get behind the wheel of a car, creating a risk of harm to themselves and others on the road. Follow these tips to ensure safety when serving alcohol at your next party:

• Serve alcoholic drinks only upon request, and offer non-alcoholic beverages such as sparkling water, fancy juice drinks and soft drinks.

• Avoid making alcohol the main focus of the social event. Entertain guests with music, games and dancing.

• Always serve food when serving alcohol. High-protein foods such as meat and cheeses take longer to digest, slowing the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol. However, try not to serve salty foods, which make people thirsty and inclined to drink more.

• Be careful not to serve alcohol to minors. Limit access to the bar if minors are on the guest list, and verify the ages of young guests before serving them.

Remember this holiday season the first rule of having a happy holiday, keep your friends and family safe! Duncan Financial Group knows how important protecting the ones you love. Please visit our website, and find out about events we have for you this Holiday season.

 

Winterize Your Water Pipes

Winter brings the threat of freezing temperatures and harsh conditions to much of the U.S. Some places are well beyond the threat; it’s going to freeze — there’s no way around it. Such conditions pose unique hazards to all owners of commercial and residential properties. The following is some information on this common winter threat.

FREEZING/BURSTING PIPES

One of the most common causes of damage to commercial and residential buildings during the colder months is freezing and bursting pipes. As a building owner, there are measures you can take to prevent pipes from freezing; however, sometimes the worst happens anyway. If it does, the result can be thousands of dollars of damage to your building, furniture, electronics, and other business property.

Here are some things To Do to prevent hazards caused by Winter:

-Locate the turn-off valve and drain the lines.
-Protect spigots with Styrofoam attachments. These can be purchased at most home improvements stores and offer much better insulation than wrapping the spigot with a towel.
-Search for pipes that are not insulated. These pipes may pass through unheated areas, such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Pre-molded foam rubber sleeves can be fitted to the pipe and offer essential insulation to keep them from freezing. Fiberglass insulation is also an option. You may also consider wrapping the pipe with heating tape.

The team at Duncan Financial Group has experienced hard winters and endured the same day to day winter hazards you have. That’s why we are here to help you through the winter!

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

Prepare Your Children For Gatherings: Eliminate unnecessary anxiety associated with family gatherings. Look through photos of relatives the day before your event. Play memory games matching names to faces. This will help your children feel more comfortable with people they may not have seen in a while. Aunt Mary won’t seem quite so scary when she bends down to greet your child.

Write Things Down: Getting the constant chatter and lists out of your head decreases stress and anxiety. Kids love making lists. Give them a clip board or dry erase board. Assign them each a list. This will help you relax and help your children feel involved. Make sure they write “take a deep breath” and “laugh” somewhere on your list.

Incorporate Affirmations/Positive Statements Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner: This is empowering and reflective. Have each person at the table can state an attribute of their own that they are thankful for. For example, “I am thankful that I am creative.” Feeling stressed? Try, “I am thankful that I am calm.” Your special needs child can prepare ahead with a drawing or sign language if they want to participate without speaking.

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Duncan Financial Group
311 Main Street
Irwin, PA 15642
Tel: (724) 863-3420
Toll free: (888) 383-3420

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Does Volunteering Your Time Mean Volunteering Your Insurance?

Millions of Americans donate time—their most valuable asset—to serve as a volunteer board member on non-profits, booster clubs, churches, PTAs and civic organizations, just to name a few. The decisions these folks make can have a dramatic impact on their respective organization—and not always for the better. If a volunteer endeavor goes bad, would a volunteer board member have coverage against a lawsuit under his or her homeowner’s policy?

 

Homeowners’ Insurance
The last thing volunteers want to consider is what would happen if their favored organization file suit against them as a result of their efforts. But it happens, and not infrequently. This does happen, especially when volunteers make decisions that directly influence the finances of an organization. Often, the only insurance these volunteers have to back their efforts is a homeowner’s policy. Unfortunately, this policy may be of little assistance.

The reason homeowners’ policies do not usually cover liability stemming from actions as a volunteer is the nature of the claim. The policy is designed to cover claims of “bodily injury,” such as someone slipping on cracked pavement in your driveway; and/or “property damage,” such as accidentally setting your neighbor’s house ablaze when burning some brush on a windy day.

Claims against board members do not usually involve bodily injury or property damage. Rather, they involve bad decision making that results in financial loss to the organization, such as the decision to invest in an IT system that turns out to be a debacle, costing the organization tremendous time and money.

There is another problem. Homeowners policies do not cover “professional services.” This is important to note, because board members are often asked to serve in a capacity consistent with their profession. For example, a church member who is a CPA may be asked to serve on the church’s board as finance chairman. Even though he is not paid for his services, the “professional services” exclusion under his homeowner’s policy would still apply.

In addition to the above, homeowners policies do not cover claims of personal injury unless this coverage is specifically added. Personal injury insurance is added to the homeowner’s policy to cover claims such as libel, slander, wrongful eviction, and false advertising.

What to Do
Events causing claims are unpredictable. While the reasons shown above prove it’s unlikely, not all claims against volunteer board members are excluded by a homeowners policy. Decisions to purchase personal injury coverage and a personal umbrella policy will increase your ability to find coverage for a suit against you.

The best method for insuring the actions of board members is for the organization to purchase a Directors and Officers (D&O) liability policy. These policies are relatively inexpensive for most non-profits. Before volunteering, request information on the organization’s D&O policy. The absence of this insurance leaves you at risk of having no personal insurance to defend a suit brought against you by the organization and should influence your decision to serve.

Duncan Financial Group
311 Main Street
Irwin, PA 15642
Tel: (724) 863-3420
Toll free: (888) 383-3420

http://duncangrp.com

 

Do I Need an Estate Plan?

There is no doubt that estate planning can seem to be an unpleasant topic to discuss, and therefore most people usually do nothing about it. Unfortunately, if you ignore those issues now, you may cost your family thousands or even millions of dollars later, as well as cause considerable anguish. Proper estate planning takes far less time and effort than most people imagine, and it can give you tremendous peace of mind.

Some “Top” Things to Know

 

1. No matter your net worth, it’s important to have a basic estate plan in place. Such a plan ensures that your family and financial goals are met after you die.

2. An estate plan has several elements. They include: a will, assignment of power of attorney, and a living will or health-care proxy (medical power of attorney). For some people, a trust may also make sense. When putting together a plan, you must be mindful of both federal and state laws governing estates.

3. Taking inventory of your assets is a good place to start. Your assets include your investments, retirement savings, insurance policies, and real estate or business interests. Ask yourself three questions: Whom do you want to inherit your assets? Whom do you want handling your financial affairs if you’re ever incapacitated? Whom do you want making medical decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself?

Your Family Should Come First. We Can Help!

 A well-planned Life Insurance policy enables your loved ones to cover their immediate cash needs in the event of your death, but should also replace your income so that your family maintains their current standard of living.

Life Insurance provides invaluable peace of mind and can be used for the following:

 

  • Pay off your mortgage
  • Help finance dependants’ present and future education
  • Provide finance to help your family maintain their lifestyle
  • Pay off credit card or personal loan debts
  • Cover funeral costs

We offer the following Life Insurance products:

  • Term Life Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance
  • Variable Universal Life Insurance
  • First-To-Die Insurance Policies (Joint-Life)
  • Survivorship Life Insurance

We believe in providing families with a benefit that can be invested conservatively, generating interest earnings sufficient to pay monthly expenses.

Duncan Financial is the easy way to get a Term, Whole, or Universal Life Insurance quote that’s designed for you

Duncan Financial Group
311 Main Street
Irwin, PA 15642
Tel: (724) 863-3420
Toll free: (888) 383-3420

http://duncangrp.com

Worker’s Compensation From Duncan Financial

You do everything you can to keep your employees safe on the job. Still, an accident can happen when you least expect it. Just one injury can sideline an employee for months, leading to serious financial hardship. And since fault does not matter when it comes to workplace injuries, you may be responsible for an employee injured on the job.

Workers’ compensation Insurance covers employees against job-related injuries and illnesses, as well as certain medical expenses, lost income, and rehabilitation expenses. It also pays a death benefit to heirs of an employee who dies from a job-related injury or illness.

Fortunately there is a way to protect your business from a lawsuit and your employees from loss of income.

Experience the Duncan Financial Group difference. Please fill this form and get a free quote today.

Duncan Financial Group
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Irwin, PA 15642
Tel: (724) 863-3420
Toll free: (888) 383-3420

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Homeowners Insurance

Home is where the heart is.  It is also one of the most important assets you will ever acquire. It is more critical than ever to make sure your home and all that ”makes it a home” are fully protected. Homeowners insurance must be custom built to prepare you for all of life’s planned and unplanned events.

We provide the professional and personal attention necessary when choosing property insurance. Our experienced insurance advisors offer the best rates, guidance, and coverage – all under one roof. We understand that there are many different needs when it comes to protecting your home, and we work diligently with you as your needs change, grow, or at any other time when you may need us most. We cannot prevent life’s mishaps from happening, but we can help you to be prepared when they do.

Contact us today at 724-863-3420 to speak with one of our experienced insurance advisors. Duncan Financial Group located in PA, will work closely with you to choose the right  coverage for your home, condo, or rental property.

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Auto Insurance

We are dedicated to offering customers a smooth ride when it comes to choosing auto insurance. We understand how challenging it can be choosing the right insurance that protects you when life’s mishaps make a wrong turn. Our road to success starts by offering customers a personal approach to selecting the right insurance coverage. In addition we explain your coverages in terms that are easy to understand.

Our insurance professionals understand that auto insurance can be an endless road of twists and turns, and the choices can be overwhelming.  We work one-on-one with you when it’s time to transition from one stage of life to another; when it’s time to trade in that sports car for a minivan, and when it’s time to insure those young drivers who forced you to buy the minivan in the first place. Your vehicles are an important asset, but more important are those who rely on those vehicles to bring them home.

Contact us today at 724-863-3420 to learn how we can save you money, protect your assets, and let you drive off knowing we’ve got you covered. We offer complete and competitive rate plans for every type of vehicle including personal, recreational, and even commercial.

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