Make Playground Safety A Priority

It’s that time of year again when the sound of children running around in playgrounds across our neighborhoods fills...

Mega-Drought Could Mean Mega-Problems

Hey, hospitality industry—Did you know that the world water supply is projected to significantly decrease in the next fifteen...

Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season

As the hurricane season – June 1 through November 30 – unfolds, safety preparations should already be underway by...

Water Conservation Tips for Buildings

It’s a no-brainer: Water=Life. We need it, we use it, but we’ve gotta conserve it better. Commercial and residential...

Preventing Child Abuse in Day Camps

Sometimes parents feel like they need a vacation when they’re on vacation. It’s true. The packed itineraries, disrupted routines,...
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight
Make Playground Safety A Priority
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight
Mega-Drought Could Mean Mega-Problems
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight
Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Cultural Institutions, Sustainability
Water Conservation Tips for Buildings
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight
Preventing Child Abuse in Day Camps
playground safety
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Make Playground Safety A Priority

It’s that time of year again when the sound of children running around in playgrounds across our neighborhoods fills the air. It’s also a time for heighted precautions because as fun as a playground can be, it’s also a place where kids can get seriously injured.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated each year for playground-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these children, more than 20,000 are treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Additionally, about 56% of playground-related injuries are fractures and contusions/abrasions, and about 75% of injuries are related to playground equipment.

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Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season

As the hurricane season – June 1 through November 30 – unfolds, safety preparations should already be underway by homeowners and coastal business owners, including hotels and restaurants. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year, predicting a 70% likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). The Weather Company also predicts an active season, with an expectation of a total of 14 named storms – seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

4 Lawsuits You Don’t Want at Your Hotel

A man walks into a Vegas hotel room. Sees a silhouette of a person in his darkened room. In a panic, he scrambles away, causing injuries to his body and mind. Bam. Lawsuit. The twist?

The “person” he saw was a mannequin, part of room decorations in a Planet Hollywood casino-hotel with 2,500 rooms. Here’s where umbrella coverage comes in to cover expenses above and beyond standard insurance limits for liability claims.

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Distinguished Life

Memorial Day – Remembering Our Heroes

This Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with family and friends, we must stop to remember the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our great country. We honor them today and give thanks for defending our freedoms and democracy while keeping our nation safe from threats.

To the families of those who have lost a loved one, you have our deepest sympathies and sincerest gratitude, for your sacrifice is the most difficult to bear.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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BBQ Safety
Community Associations, Risk Insight

Kick Off the Summer with Grilling BBQ Safety Tips

Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the summer with family and friends gathering for some fun in the sun, pool action, and grilling. There’s no better time than now to freshen up on grilling safety tips (May happens to be National BBQ Month). According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, causing an annual average of $37 million in damage, 100 injuries and 10 deaths. In addition, thousands of people visit emergency rooms every year because they have burned themselves while barbecuing.

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HVAC
Risk Insight

How Well Do You Know Your HVAC?

There’s nothing better than escaping a summer heat wave in your nice, cool, air-conditioned room. Well done, HVACs! There’s nothing worse than an entire building sweating it up when the HVAC breaks. Yeah sure, there are worse things, but for the sake of comfort and safety, let’s address the health of HVACs to keep everyone as cool and collected as possible this summer.

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liability verdict
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

$160+M Vegas Hotel Nightclub Liability Verdict Shows How High the Stakes Are

When New York City billion-dollar hedge fund manager David Moradi decided to hang at The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee nightclub, he didn’t expect to end up suffering a traumatic brain injury. This is exactly what happened when an issue occurred over a $10,000 bill David racked up at the nightclub. According to his claim, the Marquee security “assaulted, battered and falsely imprisoned him” while they demanded his ID and credit card to confirm his signature on the paid bill.

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Hospitality & Restaurants, Market Insights

What Hotels Can Learn from the Success of Airbnb

 

Imagine you’re making vacation plans to explore a new city or country. Picture a comfy bed, a suggested guide to the city left on the bedside table, an eat-in-kitchen and a bathtub to soak in…Did you picture a hotel room or someone’s empty apartment? The hospitality industry is continuing to consider consumer preferences as Airbnb approaches its 10-year anniversary in 2018.

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Sustainability, Distinguished Life

TPA Certus Claims Administration Paying Forward While Moving Forward

When it came time for Certus Claims Administration, LLC to relocate from Camarillo to Thousand Oaks, California, the firm was looking for a more modernized space to fit its needs. This meant cleaning house and looking for a new home for some of the office furniture that wasn’t being utilized in addition to the filing cabinets, shelving units, and other items no longer needed as a result of having gone paperless.

The solution was clear: Give back to local entities in need of these items, a hallmark tradition embedded in the culture of Distinguished and its DP Cares program.

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