Maintain Your Clothes Dryer

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.

 Clothes Dryer Fire Inside Dryer VentOutside Dryer Vent

RHH Sponsors The 10th Annual Maryland ProStart Student Invitational

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.

Baltimore Restaurant Week February 16 – 23

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!
 
 

Carol Jordan Retires!!

After 31 years of employment with Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman, Carol Jordan has decided it is time to shift gears in her life and pursue activities and lifetime goals outside of the office environment.  We here at RHH will miss her terribly, as will all of the Commercial Customers she has served over the years with her professional, friendly and knowledgeable service.  We wish nothing but the very best for Carol, and congratulate her for her stellar career at RHH as an insurance specialist!  Enjoy your well earned retirement, Carol!!

Carol....then and now

Carol worked directly with Wayne for her entire 31 years at Rossmann Hurt Hoffman!!

Carol worked directly with Wayne for her entire 31 years at Rossmann Hurt Hoffman!!

Carol and her fellow friends and employees in the Rossmann Hurt Hoffman Commercial Lines Department

Carol and her fellow friends and employees in the Rossmann Hurt Hoffman Commercial Lines Department

Motorists Beware: New Laws take effect October 1st

New MD Cellphone and Seatbelt Law eff 10/1/2013

New MD Cellphone and Seatbelt Law eff 10/1/2013

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!

Is Your Insurance Ready For College?

Is your insurance ready for college? If “back to school” means college for your son or daughter, make sure your home and car insurance is ready. Get our infographic at stateau.to/college_students

Does your insurance cover your child at college?

Is your insurance ready for college?

Severe Weather Bulletin – Tropical Storm Andrea

Tropical Storm Andrea
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.

This Month’s Tip | Exercise Caution with Bug Bombs

With the summer months upon us, many people are dealing with insect problems inside their home. Some people use total release foggers, aka “bug bombs,” to eliminate these pests. Bug bombs are pesticide sprays that discharge all of their contents at once. The contents are released upward, filling the air with pesticide. Spray droplets remain suspended in the air for a short time before gradually settling onto floors, countertops, and other surfaces in the home.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) advises that many people misuse this product. A 2008 study of pesticide illness reports in 8 states found 466 illnesses related to fogger use in a 5-year time frame. For example, some people set off multiple foggers, often in smaller homes. In one case, this negligent act resulted in the water heater’s pilot light igniting the flammable gas, resulting in a major explosion and the destruction of the home owner’s property.

The California DPR has reported that every year bug bombs explode and catch fire when people ignore simple precautions. There have also been numerous incidents of respiratory, eye, and skin irritation from overexposure to these fumes. The following are some California DPR safety tips for the summer.

-Avoid chemicals whenever possible. Effective use of window and door screens and maintaining a clean home are good precautions against pests. Proper caulking of your home can also help.

-To choose the best control strategy, you should correctly identify the pest. Always read labels before using the pesticide, and follow all instructions closely.

-Use no more pesticide than necessary. You should read and follow directions for the recommended number of fogger aerosol cans to use. Generally, you should use no more than one 6 or 8 ounce fogger for apartments or small residences.

-When using bug bombs, you should turn off ignition sources, such as gas pilot lights and electrical appliances. Appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners may produce a spark when they cycle on and off.

-Hire a professional exterminator for major bug infestations.