2016 Most Anticipated Movies

Tell us your reviews! Was the movie good, bad or indifferent? Reviews can be sent to: brian@dorianagency.com.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
March 25, 2016

Deadpool
February 12, 2016

Captain America: Civil War
May 6, 2016

Independence Day Resurgence
June 24, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3
In theaters

Finding Dory
In theaters

X-Men: Apocalypse
In theaters

Assassin’s Creed
In theaters

The Divergent Series: Allegiant
In theaters

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
In theaters

The Jungle Book
In theaters

The Legend of Tarzan
In theaters

Poison – Prepare & Prevent

About departments each year due to unintentional poison exposures. Think outside of the box—beyond the medicine and kitchen cabinets—when it comes to poison prevention.

Install Child Safety Locks: Your kitchen and cabinets can often be a playground for your children. As they create musical instruments out of your pots and pans, they could also be exposing themselves to danger. Be sure to keep all household cleaning products and sharp kitchen utensils in cabinets and drawers with proper child safety locks.

Ensure Liquid Laundry Packets are HANDS OFF for children: Liquid laundry packets are harmful if swallowed or if they get in the eyes. Children should never handle them. Like any household cleaning product, laundry packets should be stored up and out of reach. You can help prevent accidents by always storing laundry packets in their original container before, during and after each use.

Check Everyday Items for Potential Hazards: Children act fast and are naturally curious. How many times have you caught your child going through your purse? Remember that all purses and bags could be home to potential hazards including medicines, devices that contain button batteries, pen caps, safety pins or hard candy. Always be aware of where you keep these items ensuring they are out of reach of young children.

Keep the Poison Help Number Readily Available: Be prepared. Accidents can happen in an instant. Take the time to ensure the Poison Help number is readily available by adding it to your home and cell phone (1-800-222-1222). Keep this number in a visible place in your home, such as on your refrigerator where family members, babysitters and caregivers can see it. It is just as important to be prepared for an accident involving poisons as it is to take the necessary steps to prevent them.

“You always gotta be on time, an hour ahead of everything. You always gotta be prepared.” – Beanie Sigel

 

5 Tips in Dealing With Spring Fever

1)    Limit your exposure. Stay indoors when conditions are ripe for an allergy attack.

2)   Plan your outings. Rainy and non-windy days are best for keeping pollen at bay. Avoid grassy and wooded areas.

3)   Park strategically. Pollen can coat your car. Keep your car in the garage as much as possible. When you park outside, try to avoid parking under a tree.

4)   Scrub up. When you come back into your home, remove your shoes, or at least do a thorough job of wiping residual pollen from them. Wash your hands, too.

5)   Avoid “pollen magnets.” Pollen can cling to carpets and linens, so vacuum your rugs and change your sheets more frequently compared to other times of the year.

 

Protect Your Children From ID Fraud

Many people assume that identity fraud can only involve the identities of adults. In fact, identity thieves do sometimes fraudulently use the personal information of children and even infants. This type of fraud can go undetected for many years.

In the U.S., children are routinely assigned a Social Security number (SSN) shortly after birth. Among other things, the SSN is necessary for a parent or guardian to claim the child as a tax deduction. Valid SSNs are a commodity with a street value. That is to say, such numbers are sold to people who intend to commit fraud with them. They can be used by undocumented workers to gain employment in the U.S. It may also be possible to get access to lines of credit with them. Some identity thieves target infant SSNs because they know it is likely to be many years before the fraud is detected.

TIPS

Here are some loss prevention and detection tips for parents and guardians.

  1. Be as careful with a child’s SSN as you are with your own. Keep the number in a secure place such as a lock box and not in your purse or wallet. Only provide the number when necessary, such as on tax forms.
  2. If you see any suspicious activity involving the child’s identity or credit, please contact the ID Recovery Help Line at 1-800-414-9792.

Safeco Insurance® Recognizes Dorian Insurance Agency for Strong Performance

Safeco Insurance has recognized Dorian Agency, located on Elwood Avenue, with a Safeco® Premier Partner Program award for performance and partnership. Fewer than 10% of independent insurance agencies countrywide that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this distinguished honor.

Only the best agencies are selected for the Safeco Premier Partner Program, which recognizes an agency’s success and its commitment to serve customers as a trusted advisor.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Safeco Premier Partner” said Kirsten Asvazadourian partner. “Dorian Agency has represented Safeco Insurance since 2014 and we take pride in our strong working relationship and our shared commitment to helping our customers protect what matters most to them.”

Safeco Insurance® honors Dorian Insurance Agency with membership in the Safeco® Premier Partner Program

Dorian Agency has been selected for membership in the Safeco Premier Partner Program, which recognizes the outstanding achievement and partnership of only the best agencies.

Fewer than 10% of independent insurance agencies that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this distinguished honor.

At Dorian Agency we are pleased to be among the top agencies in the country!

As a member in the Safeco Premier Partner Program, Dorian Agency will receive access to special resources and programs that will support us in serving our customers even better with expert advice.

We strive to provide our customers with trusted guidance, so this Safeco honor makes us proud.

SRING FORWARD THIS SUNDAY!!

Remember to move your clocks forward one hour this weekend. As most of us do this Saturday night before we go to bed, technically the time to do it is 2:00am on Sunday. Thankfully, this is automatically done on cable boxes, computers, etc. Just remember to change your wrist watches, microwaves & alarm clocks too.

This is also the best time to check the batteries in all of your carbon monoxide & smoke detectors. Not only in the home you live in, but also any vacation rentals, vacant dwellings owned and the like.

We hope all of you are as excited as we are about the forthcoming weather. People are always in better moods when the weather is nice. Have you noticed that?

 

 

20 Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips

Sanitize the Sink: It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant, or make your own. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

Do Dishwasher Duty:: Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. “During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria,” says Laura Dellutri. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.

Love Your Oven: Keep the heart of your kitchen clean by lining the bottom with a nonstick ovenliner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused over and over.

Disinfect the Disposal: To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue. Or try Disposer Care (DisposerCare.com), which is specifically designed for the job.

Crumple Paper Towels…Forever: Use microfiber cloths instead. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tile, and eliminate the need for other cleaning products. They’re reusable (machine-wash, hang to dry) and cost about $5 for a two-pack.

Clean as You Go: Linda Cobb suggests filling your sink with hot soapy water as you start dinner. “Place used dishes and pans in the filled sink so they’ll be soaking while you eat,” she says. Also, wipe up any spills immediately—don’t give sauces, oils or spices a chance to sit around.

Zap the Sponge: We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.

Make Doors Shine: Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes water to bead up and roll off. Or, try Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care product made to keep rainwater off your windshield. Use it twice a year.

Get a Cleaner Liner: Mold and mildew attacking your shower curtain liner? Throw it in the wash with a few towels, which will help scrub it clean, then hang it back up to dry.

Tame the Toilet: Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber…and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. And if you cringe at the idea of getting splashed by toilet water (ugh!), Donna Smallin suggests pushing the toilet brush in and out of the trap before you begin. This lowers the water level, allowing you to safely swish away.

Corral Strays: Keep drains free of hair and clogs by using a product like Drano or Liquid-Plumr to make sure potential clogs are gone, then pour boiling water down drains once a week to keep problem-free. Get rid of those annoying stray hairs on the floor by sweeping them up with a damp wad of toilet paper every morning.

Use Bedtime as Clean Time: While the kids are washing up at night, wipe down the tub, toilet and mirrors, and toss out clutter. When they’re finished, quickly wipe down the sink and floor. Bathroom done.

Pick the Right Broom: For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt particles. For outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles, which work better to clear porous surfaces.

Get Swept Away: To sweep, hold the broom like a canoe paddle, with one hand on top of the handle and the other toward the middle. Push your hands in opposite directions to get the most out of every sweeping stroke. Sweep from the outside in so that you don’t miss any spots, and move the dirt to the center of the room, where it will be easy to pick up.

Address Your Drawers: Most women have drawers full of clothes they don’t wear, and their dresser tops then become repositories for things they can’t store. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a year and vow to put away your clean laundry each week.

 

Emergency Standby Generators

Emergency standby generators are a critical component to any business continuity plan for blackouts or weather-related events.

U.S. businesses lose… $150 billion annually due to blackouts and weather-related events.

In 2014, 14.2 million people… experienced power outages, which is a 12% increase from… the previous year.

Power outages result in an average loss of…

$150,000 for restaurants, $5,600 per minute, for a typical data center, $15,000 for small retail

How to Maintain a Standby Generator;

Maintenance Checks; Service permanently installed units annually.

Battery; Check your battery and remove any corrosion and check the voltage of the

battery. Batteries usually need replacing every 2-3 years.

Check the Generator’s Intake and Exhaust for Debris; Cut back vegetation to provide air-flow to the unit.

Periodic Testing; Run the generator for at least 10 minutes every month to keep it in peak operating condition. Before storm season simulate a power outage to test the transfer switch.

Fuel Storage; Add fuel stabilizer to minimize effects of long-term storage.

 

 

 

 

EXTREME WEATHER…

Over the next few days, the National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather conditions in our area. Please take this time to remind your clients of potential claim hazards that can be avoided with these precautions:

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent ice from forming in them.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could become weighted down with ice or snow and fall on your house or your neighbor’s house.
  • Spray an ice repellent on steps and walks before freezing weather arrives.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.