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Winter Fire Safety Tips

More home fires happen during the winter months than at any other time of the year. Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms, and candles all contribute to the increased risk of fire. As temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors, it is important to keep fire safety in mind. Read on for tips from the…

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Remote Work, COVID Impacting Employee Benefits

The shift to remote work and the effects of COVID on the mental health of individuals have transformed the employee benefits landscape with employers looking to better address the needs of their workers both emotionally and economically. Here are some of the benefits changes taking place now and into 2021:

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Winter Sidewalk Liability

Winter is right around the corner and so is icy, slippery sidewalks, parking lots, and other surfaces and questions of liability regarding slips, trips, and falls. While business managers should be taking steps to mitigate risks, such as shoveling or salting surfaces, accidents can happen. And in the event of someone slipping on an icy…

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Restaurant Winterization Amid COVID

With months of shut down, public anxiety over dining out, and capacity limitations, the restaurant industry has been among those most affected by COVID-19. This year has undoubtedly been challenging, but luckily the industry has been able to get creative and continue operating — from expanding patios into nearby streets or pivoting to an entirely…

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Get Ready for Slip, Trip, and Fall Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury and more than 19,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries. About 20% to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such…

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Impact of COVID, Insurance Market on NY Brick & Brownstone and City Homes Programs

Recently we spoke with Katie Vespia, Program Manager for Distinguished’s NY Brick & Brownstone (NYB&B) and City Homes programs about the impact of both COVID and the insurance market on city properties across the county. NYB&B is a package insurance product designed for owner- or tenant-occupied properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. City Homes offers…

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NYC Restaurants Getting the Support of Local Government Amid COVID

According to the National Restaurant Association, some 100,000 of the one million restaurants and bars operating in the U.S. before the pandemic are expected to permanently close by the end of this year as a result of the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus. But municipalities around the country, including in New York City, are…

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Fire Safety Maintenance and Prevention Tips

While deaths from fires have steadily decreased over the past several decades, thousands of Americans die by fire every year, and thousands more are injured. According to FEMA estimates,  the damage from fires cost over $25.6 billion in 2018 alone. Following a summer of record-breaking wildfires, comes the peak time for fire-related deaths: the winter…

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Preventing Slip and Fall Insurance Claims

Year after year, slips, trips, and falls remain the number-one insurance claim for property owners. More than three million people visit the emergency room each year because of falls, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The average hospital visit costs $30,000 to $50,000. Add in factors like ongoing medical bills and…

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What are the Risks of a Vacant Property?

As coronavirus wreaks havoc on the economy, many businesses have had to shutter their doors, some temporarily and others permanently. With less contents and risk of damage by occupants, you may think that vacant properties pose less risk than one that is occupied. But this is sadly not the case.

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