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Many of us love to ride the highways on our motorcycles. Taking a ride with family and friends on a fresh crisp weekend is pure joy.  But as we all know, safety must be a primary concern. Here are a few tips from PlatinumOne Insurance Agency:

  • Have an annual insurance review. We can help you find the right combination of coverage and price, and we provide outstanding customer service.
  • Wear a Helmet. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury in a crash than a rider with a helmet.  A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study reports that, “Helmets saved 1,483 motorcyclists lives in 2009, and 732 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.”  Buy a full-face helmet for the best protection for your head and eyes.
  • Wear other protective gear as well; heavy leather or synthetic gloves, long pants and jacket, and over-the-ankle leather boots.  Leathers can keep you warm and protected.
  • More than 90 percent of riders involved in accidents haven’t taken a formal motorcycle driving course. Get to know your bike’s capabilities, like how it performs on a curve or slick roads, and you’ll become a much safer rider. Errors like over-braking, driving too fast and under-cornering are major factors in most solo mishaps.
  • Driving impaired is more deadly for cyclers than other drivers. In fact, more than half of all motorcycle deaths occur when the rider has been drinking.
  • Service your bike to make sure it is working correctly.

Have a great time on your bike, be safe and call us with any questions.

 

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Black Friday is over and that means we are in the middle of the Holiday Season. During the next 30 days, we will all be busy shopping, eating out and traveling. PlatinumOne Insurance Agency can help make sure all your new gifts are properly insured, call us today. This is especially true if you have purchased jewelry, guns or art. It is best to call us to make sure it is properly covered under your homeowners insurance policy

Please keep these safety tips in mind, so that you can enjoy the season without incident:

Shopping Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk.
  • NEVER leave car doors unlocked or windows open.
  • ALWAYS park in lighted areas. Do NOT park in remote areas.
  • Shop with a friend.
  • Keep receipts in your wallet or purse.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.
  • If you make expensive purchases like jewelry or guns, call our office as we may need to add these to your policy.

Christmas Tree Safety (provided by the NFPA)

  • Make sure the tree is at least four feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking any exit or door.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Only used approved lights.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Home Safety Tips

If you are planning to vacation during the holiday, here are few ideas to consider:

  • Get a security system.
  • Trim landscaping that is too close to your house.
  • Don’t advertise your vacation on social media.
  • Cancel mail and other deliveries.
  • Leave lights on when gone.
  • Have a neighbor check on your home.
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • If you gone, arrange for your lawn to be mowed.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting

Have a safe and happy holiday season. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in 2014.

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Holidays are especially dangerous times because many people celebrate by over-drinking, making themselves susceptible to alcohol-related troubles. Almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Due to the safety, dangers and liabilities involved, companies and individuals alike are coming to the realization that there are ways to organize a fun, yet safe party that will prevent people from becoming the next alcohol- or drug-related statistic. With the growth of social media, that last thing you want is a picture of yourself dancing on the table posted on YouTube, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Limit alcohol use. If your event is at a restaurant, limit complimentary drinks to one or two per person.
  • Consider serving wine rather than hard alcohol.
  • Using a caterer or restaurant for your party can limit your personal and/or company liability.
  • Don’t make your party mandatory.
  • Don’t allow people to mix drinks on their own.
  • Make it clear that no drug use will be tolerated.
  • Offer rides home to anyone who you think needs it.
  • Have cab numbers on hand. If someone should not be driving and they insist on going home, call a cab for them instead of allowing them to take the risk of driving home.
  • Have a good selection of food and non- alcohol drinks available.

Remember to all PlatinumOne Insurance for a complete insurance review. We can assist you in making sure your business insurance provides the right combination of coverage and pricing. Have a great time, be safe and Happy Holiday.

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Winter is fast approaching and that should remind you to think about two things. First, now is a good time to review your auto insurance program and second, it is time to start thinking about how driving conditions may change in the next number of months. It might be heavy rain, snow and or even fog, being prepared can help get you safely to your destination.

Call PlatinumOne Insurance Agency today and let us complete a review of your auto insurance program. There are a number of ways to save money on your insurance, including:

  • Safe driver discounts
  • Discounts by combining home and auto policies
  • Discounts for insuring more than one vehicle with the same company
  • Vehicle safety equipment discounts
    • Anti-lock braking systems, Air bags, Automatic seat belts, Anti-theft systems

Now that we have helped you find the best combination of coverage and price, let’s prepare for winter. Winter weather changes almost daily and road conditions can create serious concerns and worries. There are some things you can do to prepare yourself for winter driving:

  1. Know the road conditions before you travel.
  2. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  3. Use all-weather or studded tires.
  4. Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  5. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  6. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  7. Keep an emergency kit in your trunk.
  8. Drive below the speed limit in hazardous conditions.
  9. Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, operating exhaust system and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather.
  10. If possible, avoid driving until the roads are safe and passable. You don’t want to slide off the road, and road crews don’t want to plow around disabled vehicles.
  11. Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your vehicle paying special attention to your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and windshield wiper fluid.
  12. Allow extra room between vehicles.
  13. Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes.
  14. Let someone know where you’ll be going and when you expect to arrive or return. Tell them to call authorities for help if you don’t get back or check in within an hour of your estimate.

Keeping up with car maintenance year-round is important, but it carries added significance in the winter to prevent becoming stranded. As always, try to time your routine maintenance ahead of long-distance travel. Putting off service today can turn into an expensive problem down the road. We, at PlatinumOne Insurance Agency will help you keep that dream alive by getting you the best Auto Insurance that you and your car deserves. There is no greater feeling than driving down the road with ease. Just leave your worries with us and we will take care of the res

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There is no question that a healthy life style makes you healthier in general. Statistics show that the healthier you are the fewer health issue you will have. Developing a healthy lifestyle can be accomplished by considering the following:

Eating out the right way Everyone likes to eat out. However, people who eat out more often tend to have increased risks for serious health issues over time. It is not eating out that causes these issues, but rather the types of foods consumed when eating out. So, here are a few simple tips on eating healthy while eating out:

  • Stay away from fast food.
  • Drink lots of water rather than ordering soda.
  • Ask if smaller portions are available or whether you can share entrees with a companion. If smaller portions aren’t available, ask for a to-go box when you order and place half the entrée in the box to eat later.
  • Order an appetizer-sized portion or a side dish instead of an entrée.
  • Ask for salad dressing to be served “on the side” so you can add only as much as you want.
  • Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are no longer hungry

Get Regular Exercise One great way to stay healthy is to exercise daily. Take a walk, run, bike, or hike. The more fit you are, the lower your life insurance premiums will be.

Quit Smoking If you smoke, quit. Life insurance companies judge smoking as a critical risk factor in determining your premium.

Get Rest Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Get your annual flu shot October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May.

Go Fishing Make fish a bigger part of your diet.

Eat a Banana People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure.

Remember these are not in the healthy food group:  Whipped toppings, cookies, gravy, saturated fats, spreads of all kinds, and juice that is not made 100% from fruit.

Eat healthy, live long!

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Halloween is fast approaching. All kids love to dress up, get together with friends, and go door-to-door hoping to find the full size candy bar.

A little pre-planning can prevent unfortunate accidents that could turn out to be tragic for kids and trying for you. Here are some pointers for ensuring your house is a safe place for trick-or-treaters on Oct. 31.

Pets first. Dogs, cats, and other furry family companions get scared when oddly dressed strangers approach their door in droves. Make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable space or take them to a secure, relaxing offsite location for the evening.

Clean up your yard. If your yard gathers stuff – like toys, rakes and other yard tools, hoses, tree branches, you name it – take the time to clean it up. Make sure your yard is free of potential hazards and create a clutter-free walking path well before dusk falls this Halloween.

Are all your lights working? Make sure you offer a well-lit path.

Candles. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table.

Turn it off. When you’re done for the night, make it obvious by turning any and all inviting lights off.

Decorations. Don’t go overboard with decorations, they can cause fires and injuries.

Safety tips for kids

  • Never, ever go into a house
  • Go with friends
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling
  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective
  • Don’t eat homemade food
  • Look at all wrapped candy, if it has been opened toss it out
  • Use a flashlight
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It is college football season, time to shop for new ski’s, and it is also time to consider how to protect your home from the winter conditions that are fast approaching. This is also a good time to review your home and auto insurance. With temperatures falling and meteorologists predicting a colder than normal winter, the easiest and most cost efficient way to keep your home’s heat inside, while keeping your heating bill respectable, is to add fresh insulation to your attic, ceilings, basement, and walls.  Mark Wolf (of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association) states that, “these do-it-yourself home upgrades could cause instant energy savings between 10 and 20%”.

Winter storm damage can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Let PlatinumOne Insurance Agency provide you with an insurance check-up to make sure you have the best possible coverage. Inspecting your home now can save you thousands down the road.

Here are a few home inspection tips to help prevent property damage, and help keep your Kansas home insurance costs down:

  • Check and clean your heating system to make sure it is in good working condition for the winter months.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. This prevents lint from accumulating and reduces the risk of fire
  • Keep gutters clean and roof drains open. Inspect washing machine hoses periodically, and replace hoses that show signs of wear or leakage.
  • Make sure attic insulation doesn’t cover ventilation vents in the eaves. This helps prevent winter ice dams.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint the exposed wood.
  • Make sure attic insulation is at least R30.
  • Make sure all stairwell drains are clear of debris. Consider building a permanent roof over an exterior stairwell to prevent debris and rain from getting into the stairwell.
  • Inspect the home exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes and seal them.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated areas. Your home’s crawlspace and attic are two such areas.
  • Use weather stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.
  • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Vacuum under and behind the freezer and refrigerator to greatly improve efficiency of the units.
  • Check the mortar between bricks.
  • Check the condition of the putty around the windowpanes. If chunks are falling off, it’s time to have fresh putty installed.
  • Make sure all smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm near the furnace and any fireplaces that get used.
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Business Insurance coverage is available for almost every conceivable risk your business might face. Cost, amount of coverage, and policies vary among insurers. PlatinumOne Insurance can advise you on the exact types of business insurance you should consider purchasing. The right business insurance policies will go a long way toward helping you safeguard your earning power and your future. If you are a business owner here are a few insurance products you need to consider:

Business Income or Loss of Rents

What you do with your building may determine the specific kind of insurance you need. If you own a building and have tenants you will want to consider loss of rents coverage. Typically the coverage includes reimbursement for loss of rent, or rental value, in the case of fire or other serious incident covered by insurance. Business Income coverage increases a business’s ability to survive a substantial loss. For example, if your business suffers a fire that stops all operations for three months, your business will need to continue to pay salaries, utilities, rent, and other fixed costs necessary for operations. In order for the business to become whole, the business is entitled to reimbursement for net income and operating expenses paid during the recovery period.

Data Breach or Cyber Liability

If your business stores sensitive or non-public information about employees or clients on your computers, servers, or in paper files, you are responsible for protecting that information.  If a breach occurs either electronically or from a paper file, a data breach policy will provide protection against the loss.

Umbrella

Standard business liability coverage will take care of you in most situations, but when serious situations arise, commercial umbrella insurance will help ensure that your business is protected. Examples of the need for umbrella coverage:

  • You have a serious fire and are involved in multiple lawsuits that exhaust your primary limits.
  • Your delivery truck is involved in an accident with multiple deaths or injuries.

Contact PlatinumOne Insurance for more information.

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Ah, travel is bliss; or we’d like to think so!   We want our vacations to be perfect, and ticket mishaps, delays, and schedule changes are all problems none of us like to have happen. We want you to have a great vacation and return home safe. Whether you are planning a trip across the state, or across the world, we have some tips to keep you safe:

  • Create an itinerary and give it to a family member or close friend.
  • Put all emergency numbers in everyone’s cell phone.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash.
  • Advise your credit card companies of your travel. They will see purchases outside your normal area and may place a hold on the cards.
  • To avoid problems when passing through security, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers.
  • Put your name, address, and telephone numbers outside, and inside, of each piece of luggage.
  • You don’t need all your credit cards and ID; leave those you will not be using at home.
  • Never wear anything that projects affluence; no gold chains, expensive watches, rings, luggage, or other paraphernalia.  It is best to leave your expensive jewelry at home.
  • Do not wear name tags in public.
  • At the hotel discuss basic emergency procedures with your children, such as what to do in case of a fire.
  • Park only in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • Let your neighbors know your plans.
  • If your plans include travel out of the country, check your health insurance, as there may be some limitations. Call the PlatinumOne Insurance for a review.
  • Purchase timers for lights in your home and place them in two or three rooms.

Enjoy your vacation and be safe!

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Many travelers operate under the misconception that car Rental Car Insurance rates are all about the same, and that shopping is a waste of time. But rates do vary, sometimes by quite a bit, between companies and destinations. PlatinumOne Insurance has a few tips for you.

  1. Book on-line: The web often offers the best deals.
  2. Try renting mid-week, if your travel plans allow.
  3. Avoiding unnecessary insurance: Car rental companies try to sell Rental Car Insurance to accompany your rental, but many homeowners or home automobile insurance policies and some premium credit cards already cover car Rental Car Insurance, so it always pays to check before accepting this option. Contact PlatinumOne Insurance to make sure you have the necessary insurance.
  4. Always buy your gas away from the airport; it can be as much as .25 per gallon less.
  5. Join reward programs: Many car rental agencies, hotels and airlines offer discounts if you are a member of a travel program.
  6. Look into renting the car for longer than you need, some agencies give you better daily rates for a week, and don’t charge you for early returns.
  7. Supply your own car seat if possible, they really upcharge you for this.
  8. Many rental car companies will try to up-sell you to a bigger vehicle or ask you add other features like GPS. Don’t do it. Remember your smart phone can be your GPS.
  9. Double check all fees.

Before you drive away from the pickup station, inspect the car carefully for damage. Be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly, and check the mileage odometer. Report any defects at once. You can always contact PlatinumOne Insurance for a review of your coverage and how it might apply when you rent a car.

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