According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average of 7,000 annual residential fire losses in which the source of the fire is in the clothes dryer or vent. Dryers are the third most common type of equipment involved in fires, ranking behind stoves and fixed area heaters. Clothes dryers can catch fire due to excessive lint buildup in the exhaust pipe or inside the dryer; this lint buildup is often out of sight. As a result, you should take the following steps to reduce the chance of your dryer starting a fire.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing the vent pipe.
Keep the dryer vent clean and unclogged. Check for a clogged vent if the dryer does not dry clothes efficiently.
Remove and clean the lint screen before each use.
Keep all combustibles away from the clothes dryer.
Hire a qualified technician to periodically inspect gas clothes dryers.
Maryland ProStart is an organization that supports educational programs in Maryland schools for high school students wishing to pursue a career in the restaurant industry. High School students from around the state will compete in two different competitions, the Management Team Competition on the 19th and the Culinary Team Competition on the 20th. The students will be competing for 1 Million dollars in scholarship awards, and the chance to represent Maryland in the National ProStart Program Invitational. It will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel February 19-20, 2014. The competitions and college and job fair are free to attend, and the public is encouraged to come both days and cheer for their favorite team. RHH is a proud sponsor of the Management Team Station. Good luck to all of the competing high school teams!!
For additional detailed information about this event, click here.
Come dine at one of the fabulous restaurants participating in this week’s Baltimore Restaurant Week which runs now through this Sunday, February 23rd. Some of the area’s top restaurants are offering special three-course menus, plus some restaurants are offering two-course lunch or brunch menus at special pricing as well. Click here for information about the participating restaurants, as well as all the information about the restaurant you will need to decide where you would like to eat next!
John Hinkle, VP congratulates Vicki on her 10 year anniversary with Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman
Our agency is so lucky to have Vicki with us!! She is a cornerstone in our Personal Lines Department. Please help us congratulate Vicki for her dedication, knowledge and professionalism. She is a true joy to work with every day!
Okay people, it’s now official….Use of a hand-held cellphone while driving becomes a primary offense effective next Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013. This means that the police can, and will, pull anyone over just for holding a cell phone to their ear while driving. We all know it isn’t safe, but many of us still do despite having had a close call or two while holding that ill-designed cell phone to our ear. They were designed to be used with wireless and/or wired headsets, earpieces and speakers. So tonight, untangle those wires, dig up that blue tooth headset and use it! Help make our roads a little safer, and keep that hefty fine money in your pocket…why yes, Maryland increased the fines too!
As Tropical Storm Andrea threatens the east coast, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of all insurance companies’ binding authority in the event of severe weather:
• After a “severe storm”, “watch” or “warning” is issued by the NOAA National Weather Service, your insurance company will suspend binding authority for all commercial and personal lines property coverages, inland marine coverages, and physical damage coverage on automobiles. This will apply to all new risks and to any increase in values on existing risks.
• No policy or coverage may be written or bound on new business, or coverage values increased when a “severe storm”, “watch” or “warning” has been issued. When the NOAA National Weather Service withdraws the “watch” or “warning,” normal binding authority will be reinstated.
• No endorsements to existing policies may be issued or coverage bound which have the effect of increasing the property limits.
• All Flood Insurance policies have a 30 day waiting period after submission before they become effective. Please keep this in mind with the hurricane season upon us.
NOTE: For the State of Maryland, binding authority suspensions will follow the moratorium protocol established by the Maryland Insurance Administration.
We have this crazy employee named Matt Hiley who will be taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge on January 26th at Sandy Point State Park. The Annual MSP Plunge benefits the Maryland Special Olympics. Matt has volunteered as a Swim Team Coach for Howard County Special Olympics for the past 3 years and this year he has agreed to take the plunge! Show your support for Matt by making a donation, or just coming out to Sandy Point to cheer him on and watch him shiver!! Click here for the link to Matt’s page:
We would like to extend hearty congratulations to Deborah Whattam on her December retirement! Deborah has worked at our agency for the past seven years in our Health Department, and prior to that had a long career in the insurance P & C industry. We wish her the very best as she starts this new chapter in her life!
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