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That rotten egg smell could be a sign of a natural gas leak in your home

Feb 20 2018 In July 2017, a natural gas explosion in Manor Township, Lancaster County, killed a UGI worker, injured three other people, and destroyed a home. Four other nearby homes had to be condemned. “I just saw pieces of plywood and roofing and everything just go... more

Identity theft recovery coverage can help with costs and services to restore your credit

Feb 5 2018 Lost wallets are one contributing factor to identity theft. In 2016, identity thieves stole $16 billion from 15.4 million U.S. consumers, according to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study, up from $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims in 2015. Among states, ... more

Steer Clear Law: slow down and move over in emergency response areas

Jan 22 2018 The law went into effect in 2006 and was toughened in 2017. On a Sunday night in December 2017, a police officer was standing outside of his cruiser on Route 202 in Chester County, Pa., writing a traffic citation. Meanwhile, a passing car driven by a 67-year-... more

If you really want to know about a car, find its Vehicle Identification Number

Jan 8 2018 Every car manufactured since 1981 has a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. It has been described as a car’s fingerprint or DNA. It is a Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, and every car or truck made since 1981 has one comprising 17 characters (a... more

To be organized and productive in the new year, hand write a to-do list

Dec 26 2017 Even with all his super powers, Santa needs help keeping track of who’s naughty or nice. That’s why he makes his list (and checks it twice). Billionaire businessman Richard Branson, whose Virgin Group owns more than 400 companies, swears by lists and always... more

Mixed signals: Do RFID chips pose a big risk for identity theft?

Dec 11 2017 Credit cards embedded with RFID chips bear four curved lines that look like wifi symbols. Thumbing through a holiday catalog chock full of modern gadgets, we were struck by the presence of no fewer than three wallets purporting to block RFID signals. First,... more

It’s child’s play, but adults have primary role when it comes to toy safety

Nov 28 2017 In the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story,” 9-year-old Ralphie Parker has one thing on his wish list: A Red Ryder BB gun. But his mother, his teacher and even Santa reject the notion, telling Ralphie, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” The movie, which... more

Get to know: Chris Painter, AIS co-owner and commercial lines team leader

Nov 16 2017 The Painter family Your wife, Courtney, and her brother, Doug Erwin, started AIS in 2000. You joined AIS in 2007 after majoring in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and then working for a decade in the engineering and construction... more

Running out of gas could be bad for your car, safety and pocketbook

Oct 30 2017 It's a humbling, maybe even humiliating experience when your car runs out of gas. Having to walk to a gas station, trusting there's a gas can that you can borrow, ought to be lesson enough not to let it happen again. Yet you do, or come darn close, more than... more

Making a case for stockpiling drinking water

Oct 16 2017 Water, water, every where,/Nor any drop of drink That's a line from a 220-year-old poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In it, a sailor is surrounded by salt water that he can't drink safely. But those same words ring... more



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