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Summertime=HOT! Make sure your employees are protected.

Hot summer weather can lead to heat stroke for employees working outdoors
It’s getting hot outside!
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions according to OSHA.

There are a range of heat illnesses that can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.
If your commercial policyholders have employees working in extreme heat and high temperatures, a heat illness prevention program should be established.
 OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do to keep workers safe. The page also includes resources for specific industries and OSHA workplace standards.
Business Insurance customers should educate workers and supervisors about the hazards of heat exposure and their prevention.
Topics should include:
  • How to recognize common signs and symptoms.
  • Heat-related illness prevention procedures.
  • Drinking small quantities of water often.
  • Importance of acclimatization.
  • Immediate reporting and responding to signs or symptoms.
Policyholders can also have vital safety information immediately available with the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool.  This App allows them to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.
to download the app.
Already a Farmers Insurance Business Client?  Enhance your Safety Program? Register at www.MySafetyPoint.com
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Business Owner with Commercial Autos?

Here are a couple of quick tips for your commercial auto insurance, your employees and your business:

**When you hire drivers, make sure that you hire safe ones. Remember that your drivers represent your business when they are on the road. Once they are on board, you may want to train your drivers regarding best practices, such as the ones described below.

**It’s best to focus all of your attention on the road. Did you know that engaging in visual-manual sub tasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increases the risk of getting into a crash? Avoid anything that can distract you while driving.

**Maintain safe equipment. Well-maintained vehicles are not only safer, they can help you save money.

**Always, always wear your seat belt. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths. It is sad to hear of accidents that injured people who might have otherwise been protected had they been wearing seat belts.

As always if you have a question on a commercial policy or would like more info on policies that Farmers Insurance offers, give us a call at 816-795-5977, email at jolson3@farmersagent.com. or just fill out this form.

 

No matter what you think you don’t have FULL COVERAGE for your auto insurance. Your agent lied to you.

The reason your last agent focused your attention on your car by saying you have FULL COVERAGE is to distract you from the policy having low liability coverage.
 
In reality, there is no such thing as FULL COVERAGE. FULL COVERAGE is never once mentioned in your auto policy. You are only covered up to the limits you have chosen to purchase.
 
Your personal liability and uninsured motorist coverage are the MOST IMPORTANT. If you want your car fixed too, we’ll add comprehensive and collision to the policy. Then we’ll use the deductibles as tools to adjust the premium so the correct liability and uninsured motorist coverages fit within your budget.
Does this make sense?
 
The term FULL COVERAGE = FOOL’S COVERAGE.
We are making your smarter about your insurance.
 
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2016-Will be a Fabulous Year!

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We wish you and your family a very successful and prosperous 2016!

We still have a few 2016 pocket calendars (approximately 3″ x 5″) and 2016 magnets (approximately 4″ x 4″) left.  Leave a comment, drop by our office,  or send us an email to jolson3@farmersagent.com if you’d like one.

2016 calendars

 

 

Keys To Great Holiday Travel

Are you planning a trip during the holiday season?  If you’ll be hitting the road over the next few weeks (or anytime really!), here are a few important things to keep in mind.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE TOWN:

  • Get your oil changed and make sure your tires are properly aired up.
  • Leave some lights on in your home so it doesn’t look empty at night.
  • Call us to get a copy of your insurance card if you don’t have a current one.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your mail or newspaper.
  • Pack some snacks! No one wants to be driving hungry (especially if you’ve got little kids riding in the back seat!)
  • Pack a car charger for your cell phone. Your phone is is your map and your emergency contact.  Don’t let it run out of battery power on your trip!
  • If you’ll be traveling in snow or ice, make sure to pack emergency supplies in your vehicle.
  • Plan to travel on off-peak days. It will mean less traffic, less stress, and a faster route to your destination.
  • Get a good night’s sleep! Driving fatigued is a leading cause of accidents.  Stay rested.

DURING YOUR DRIVE:

  • Wear your seat belt! Always.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full. You never know how long it could be between gas stations or how bad the traffic could be.  Don’t run on empty!

 

And above all…be flexible!  Travel stress can ruin your holiday fun.  Plan to take your time and enjoy the ride!

 

Bear Up!! Helping Children Have a Great Christmas!

Hello everyone,

In efforts to ensure NO CHILD goes without a Christmas Gift in 2015, The Jon Olson Agency will be donating Bears this year to families in need.  This is our inaugural “Bear Up!” event and we are excited to share this with you!  Our goal is to donate 20+ Bears for “Bear Up!” so THANK YOU for helping and participating!

What do you need to do to participate?
Our Agency will donate two (2) Bears for every Yelp and/or Google review received.  So PLEASE take a few moments to review your experience with The Olson Agency and provide input on ways we can improve our clients’ experience when doing business with us!  Two (2) links are listed below for both Google and Yelp.

GOOGLEhttps://plus.google.com/+JonOlsonAgencyFarmersInsuranceIndependence/about

YELPhttp://www.yelp.com/biz/jon-olson-farmers-insurance-independence

We will be donating the Bears December 15th so that the children will receive them in time for Christmas!!

October Home Maintenance Tasks

Every month, we share easy tasks you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape all year long. So here are a few simple tasks you can take on in October!
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Pack Away The Air Conditioner – If you use a seasonal air conditioning unit, then now is the time to pack it up for winter! Make sure to spend a few extra minutes cleaning all the filters and coils well. It will keep the unit in great shape and it will last much longer.

Winterize External Plumbing Systems – It’s much better to prepare for freezing temperatures before it’s freezing! Winterize all exposed outdoor pipes and you’ll avoid the trouble when there is snow or ice on the ground.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector – This is an important one! October is a great time to check your carbon monoxide detector to make sure it is performing well. Change the batteries, test it, and replace older units.

Clean Up For Halloween – Trick-or-treating can be a liability hazard! Clean up any loose tree limbs, fill holes in the yard, and remove any fire hazard Halloween decorations before kids are running to your door.

Save on Home Insurance – Homeowners Insurance is an important part of protecting your belongings. To make sure you have the best coverage, call us today for a free, no obligation quote.

2015 Championship Qualifier

We are excited to be announced as a 2015 Farmers Insurance Championship Qualifier. We have great clients and team members who made this possible!

Farmers  News Release

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Contact:         Trevor Chapman

323-327-1896

trevor.chapman@farmersinsurance.com

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Farmers Insurance Agent Jon Olson of Independence

Named Among Farmers® Top Agents in the Country by National Insurer

Independence, Missouri (August 27, 2015) – Jon Olson, of Independence, has been named a Championship agent by Farmers Insurance℠ for his outstanding achievement and customer focused efforts by the Los Angeles-based, multi-line insurer.

“I want to congratulate Jon for his achievement.  On behalf of Farmers, we are proud to bestow the honor of being a Championship agent to him,” said Roy Smith, president of personal lines for Farmers Insurance. “To be recognized as among Farmers top agents is a great honor and we sincerely appreciate all that Jon does for our customers and our organization.”

Jon Olson was selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including his distinction in providing exceptional service to customers and a commitment to furthering the goals and standards of Farmers Insurance.
“This honor is a business career highlight and I feel fortunate to represent such a fine organization, which is committed to helping make customers smarter about their insurance choices,” said Olson. “I share this recognition with my entire office team who focus on helping every customer each and every day.”

About Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 22,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance entities that make up the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, is ranked No. 264 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies.

For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Are you looking for a career?

Are you:

  • Positive, Motivated, Detail oriented & Organized?
  • Goal and career focused?
  • Driven to make money?
  • Able to multi-task and keep calm under pressure?

Then we are looking for you!!

The Jon Olson Farmers Insurance agency is currently hiring for 3 positions.

Career Path Marketer to Producer with in 90 days & Marketer to CSR (Customer Service Rep)

Must be:

  • able to navigate social media – Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Pinterest.
  • Willing to be proactive and confident.
  • Microsoft office knowledge.
  •  Able to pass property, casualty, life, & health licenses within 90 days of hire.
  •  Facilitate positive client interactions, taking payments, policy changes

Agency will provide study materials and reimbursed test fees for successful test results, and pay for Missouri and Kansas License.
Please email resume to:
Teel@olsoninsurancekc.com

Tips to keep your summertime grilling safe!

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Grilling is one of the most popular activities that happens in the summer. Make sure you’re keeping you and your family and friends safe by following these safety tips at your next BBQ.

  • Only use BBQ grills outside and in a well ventilated area.
  • Keep your grill away from your home or anything that could be flammable.
  • Make sure your grill is on something stable.
  • Keep fire under control.
  • Keep children away from grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • The grill lid should always be open before lighting it.
  • Don’t let grease build up on your grill. step by step how to here
  • Make sure you always use long-handled utensils.

Gas/Propane

  • Check the tank hose and connections for leaks before using it for the first time each year by using a light soapy water solution to see if bubbles appear.
  • If you smell gas when the grill is lit, move away from the grill and call the fire department.
  • If the flame goes out, turn off the gas for 15 minutes and open the lid before re-lighting it.

Charcoal

  • Never add any starter fluid or other flammable liquid to a fire.
  • Only use charcoal starter fluid and not gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquid.
  • Keep starter fluid away from heat sources and out of reach of children.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire but have a coil to ignite the coals.
  • When finished cooking, close off the grill vents to suffocate the fire and save some of the remaining charcoal.