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Local Restaurant Avoids Potential Fire

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

While on Facebook, a headline by the Beaver Dam Fire Department caught my eye: “Oily rags are causing fire – again.” I learned last year, only because of working at West Bend, that oily rags can combust and start a fire.  My colleague, Scott Stueber, wrote this great blog post about using oil-based stains in your home and how to store and dispose of oily rags.  The instance described by Chief Mannel below is related to cooking oils.  He shared the following:

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Waste Oil Burner Hazards

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Approximately 1.3 billion gallons of waste oil are generated from the crankcases of millions of automobiles and trucks whenever the oil is changed. Approximately 200 million gallons of waste oil are not disposed of properly. Waste oil burners were developed as a way to effectively burn the waste oil and to provide alternative heating systems.

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Zinsco Electric Panels - Fire & Electrical Risk

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 26, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Zinsco electric panels could leave property owners at risk for both fire and electric shock as a result of failing to operate properly as much as 25% of the time.

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Breweries and wineries and distilleries - oh my!

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 12, 2018 7:52:51 AM

The popularity and sheer number of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries are on the rise. In the US, between 2016 and 2017, the number of:

-Regional craft breweries increased 15.5%; Read More

Three Types of Business Insurance for Lawyers

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Nov 28, 2018 8:35:03 AM

Your business works tirelessly to provide nothing but the best for your customers and employees. You want to protect everything you’ve worked so hard for, but business insurance can be complicated. These examples should help simplify how insurance would provide coverage for building, contents, business income, and workers’ compensation:

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Seven things to consider including in your company's social media policy

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Social media has become an integral part of marketing businesses. It’s a way to connect and engage with your audience, while being a part of the conversation. It helps build community, brand awareness, and your reputation. While employees can be valuable online brand ambassadors, it’s important to provide social media guidelines for your employees.

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Dehumidifiers Still Causing Fires

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Oct 30, 2018 7:57:50 AM

Although the initial dehumidifier recall occurred in 2013 and a revamped list was released in 2016, many people are still just learning about these recalls. West Bend continues to receive fire and smoke damage claims due to dehumidifiers.

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What you need to know about commercial drone insurance

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Oct 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As drones become more commonplace in our airspace, and commercial and recreational use continues to grow, so, too, will the need for adequate insurance. Commercial insurance is typically required when an operator uses a drone for commercial purposes with the intent to make money (for example, construction, photography, or real estate operations). West Bend has recognized the need to stay on top of this new exposure and can now offer property and liability options for use of commercial drones. Coverage can be provided for those who use drones themselves, as well as for those who hire a drone service provider (DSP).

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Benefits of Equipment Breakdown Coverage for Dentists

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Oct 3, 2018 8:04:42 AM

West Bend’s TechAdvantage™ Equipment Breakdown Coverage includes all of the coverages, services, and benefits associated with traditional Equipment Breakdown products, along with a variety of new coverages designed to address today’s modern equipment risks.

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Four Tips for Hiring Seasonal Help

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Fall is right around the corner. The holiday season isn’t far behind. Many organizations depend on seasonal workers to succeed during this time of year. But, finding the right candidate can be tricky, especially if it’s for a seasonal position. Here are a few tips to make the process a bit easier.

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