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Get to know: Doug Erwin, AIS president and personal lines team leader

When you and your sister, Courtney, started AIS in 2000, what opportunity did you see? We saw the chance to be different. Our dad was also an insurance agent, but he was an agent with a specific company and tied to...

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Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

A Google search of "dryer fire" readily yielded three incidents that occurred within one month of each other: In Lock Haven, Pa., a dryer fire destroyed the home of a 34-year-old man who had lived there most of his life;...

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Soaking up our Guide to Summer Safety

Summer means fun and sun, but that doesn't mean that we can throw caution to the warm breeze. Some of our favorite summer activities also come with significant safety or health risks, especially to children. We can...

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Best used cars for teen drivers: IIHS survey

Among "4 ways to save money when insuring young drivers" we identified in a previous blog post, at No. 3 we said don't buy them a new car. In fact, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 83...

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What you need to know to manage workers' compensation costs

Workers' compensation was the first form of social insurance in the United States: The first law was enacted in 1908 to cover federal civilian employees. Today, all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico...

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Apply these tips when spreading organic mulch

For home improvement return on investment, it's hard to beat the value that mulch delivers. For a little bit of labor and not a lot of money, you can revive your yard and beautify your home for months to come. Not only...

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Top of mind: When do you need to replace your roof?

In early 1963, The Drifters had a big hit with the song, "Up On The Roof," which began: When this old world starts getting me down /And people are just too much for me to face/ I climb way up to the top of the stairs /...

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One in 15 homes in U.S. has a radon problem: does yours?

In 2014, a home in Lehigh County, Pa., was found to have the highest radon level ever recorded in the United States. The concentration was more than 900 times greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's...

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Taking a shine to solar power for your home

The solar power industry announced its presence with blinding authority in 2016. For the first time in history, solar topped gas and wind as the top source of new electricity-generating capacity, which nearly doubled...

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CFL vs. LED: an illuminating look at energy-efficient light bulbs

We're engulfed in choices today, from clothing to food to TV subscriptions. The light bulb aisle is no less daunting, especially when it comes to the alphabet soup of CFLs and LEDs. Which begs the burning question: What'...

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