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Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe

For many of our neighbors in the Greater Pittsburgh Area summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It alsogarden-grass-meadow-green means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly.

Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t let your landscaping efforts land you in the hospital! Follow these handy safety tips.

Tool safety tips from the U.S. CPSC

  • Dress appropriately. To protect yourself from debris when using lawn tools, wear eye protection, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, close-fitting clothes and no jewelry. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and ear plugs may be appropriate depending on how loud the device is.
  • Before starting, remove objects from your work area that could cause injury or damage, such as sticks, glass or stones.
  • Keep children indoors and supervised at all times when any outdoor power equipment is being used. Never let a child ride or operate a garden tractor or riding mower, even if the child is supervised. And never assume children will remain where you last saw them.
    Use extreme caution when backing up or approaching corners, shrubs and trees.
  • Teenagers using power equipment should always be supervised by an adult.
  • Handle gasoline carefully. Never fill tanks while machinery is on or when equipment is still hot. Of course, you should never smoke or use any type of flame around gasoline or any gasoline-powered equipment.
  • Do not work with electric power tools in wet or damp conditions. For protection against electrocution, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Be sure that extension cords are in good condition, are rated for outdoor use, and are the proper gauge for the electrical current capacity of the tool.

Lawn Chemical Safety Tips from Texas A&M University

  • If you use chemicals to control weeds or pests in your lawn, read the product label carefully so you understand the potential effects on humans, animals and the environment. Follow all instructions.
  • Keep children and animals away from the application area, and protect your skin, eyes and nose during and after application.
  • Remember, use only the recommended amount. Using more of the chemical will not do a better job.
  • Ask yourself if you truly need to use a general pesticide. Is there a product that will specifically treat only the problem you need to solve?

From all of us at Duncan Financial Group, here’s to keeping both you and your lawn healthy this summer!

Client Spotlight: TPE Industries

From the July NewsletterTPE Industries Logo 2017- Client Spotlight: TPE Industries

TP Electric began operating in 1988. The company was founded by Thomas Porter (TP), a well-respected and highly skilled, knowledgeable electrician. TP Electric offers complete electrical construction, including Oil and Natural Gas, Industrial Electrical Construction, and System Integration Systems; all provided with family values and safety in mind.

Although TP Electric currently has over 120 full-time employees, the company started from the ground up. Before owning and operating his own business, Porter was a line electrician at the Volkswagen Plant in New Stanton, PA. When the plant closed in 1988, Porter needed to find gainful employment in order to provide for his family.

It would not be long before Tom would return to where the Volkswagen Plant once operated. After the plant closed, he was able to lease space at the abandoned plant and start his own company, TP Electric. In 1992, the abandoned plant came under new ownership, as Sony took over the plant that TP Electric was already heavily involved in converting from an automobile assembly to an electronics manufacturing facility.

Today, TP Electric is still owned and operated by the Porter Family and still serves their customers with the same family values that lead to the company’s original success. In 2006, Shawn Porter took over the family business, as president of TP Electric.

As the company continues to grow and change, TP Electric needs to remain informed on their financial requirements and safety culture. When seeking new insurance cover and ways to minimize their risk, TP Electric turned to another family owned and operated business, Duncan Financial Group.

Since 2014, Duncan Financial Group has worked with TP Electric. With the industry of electronics and manufacturing constantly changing due to emerging technologies, TP Electric looks to Duncan Financial Group to keep their employees and company safe. The company says Duncan Financial Group has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful during our transitions throughout the years. We were fortunate to have them on our side; their guidance and meetings provided us the experience and confidence to continue growing now and into the future.

Happy New Year!

Beautiful-Happy-New-Year-2014-HD-Wallpapers-by-techblogstop-352013 has finally come to a close and Duncan Financial Group would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  May your 2014 be prosperous and full of joy.

Merry Christmas


“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things –– not the great occasions –– give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

On behalf of Duncan Financial Group we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope everyone has a Happy New Year.

What Do You Want To Do?

No matter what it is you like to do, the struggle is always finding the time to do it with our busy and sometimes stressful lives.  Having reliable insurance coverage can give you the peace of mind to enjoy those things.

Call Duncan Financial Group today at 724-863-3420.  Our staff will help you find the quality insurance coverage that works for you.  And your time can be better spent doing what you like to do.

Time to Start Shopping


As we near the end of November, people across the country are starting to shop for the holidays.  With that in mind, many retail stores begin to have “Black Friday” deals.  “Black Friday” is known as the Friday following Thanksgiving which is regarded as the biggest shopping day of the year.  The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s referring to stores accounting records indicating that the increased sales numbers of the day were bringing the stores from the red (loss) back to black (profit).

It is never too early to start shopping, especially for quality insurance coverage. You can rest easy these holidays knowing you’re covered.  So give Duncan Financial Group a call today at 724-863-3420 and hear about what we have to offer you.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


I’m sure you’ve seen the increase in pink around the country as October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Well, Duncan Financial Group is sponsoring a team of folks who will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, this Saturday, October 12th at Heinz Field. All proceeds will go towards research, advocacy, education and services that help benefit Breast Cancer patients.

If you would like more information or to donate, you can click on the link to our team, “Duncan” here: Click here to visit our TEAM’s page


Thank you for your consideration and support!

Don’t Fear the Unknown

Accidents happen, and theres nothing we can do about it.  But fearing what may happen will only add to the stresses of daily life.  At Duncan Financial Group we have qualified professionals to help you prepare for all of those what ifs.  Give us a call today at 724-863-3420 and let us help you with all of your insurance needs.


Think Outside the Box

Sometimes what may seem as simple as saving money is really not as easy as it seems.  Here at Duncan Financial Group we have a staff of professionally trained  insurance advisors to help you with all of your insurance needs.  Give us a call today at (724) 863-3420 and let us help.

Know What You’re Getting


With a large portion of the population focusing on health and nutrition, it has been a welcoming fact that chocolate can actually be good for you. However, before we rush to the supermarket, we must consider the fact that not all chocolate is created equal. Chocolate is created from cacao beans which naturally contain healthy chemicals, the higher the amounts of cacao, the darker the chocolate and the higher the health benefits. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, contains the same healthy fat as olive oil, lowers blood pressure and balances mood.  Borrowing from the words of Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Unfortunately the same can often be said for insurance. However, at Duncan Financial, with our professional staff and outstanding services, our customers can rest assured knowing they’re getting exactly what they need.  Please call us at (724)863-3420 to find out what we have to offer.