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Keven Moore: What you can do to avoid catching coronavirus; we live in global world, so be careful

Because of the globalization in our world today, the first case of the viral epidemic called the coronavirus has been diagnosed in the state of Kentucky and the Governor has since declared a state of emergency for the state to qualify for federal funding. Personally, I am not any more concerned with the virus than I am the flu, while others will tell you it is worse and that this can grow into a full-fledged...

Keven Moore: How to prepare your family and your business for the novel Coronavirus; stay ready

Unless you have been living under a rock these last few days, then you probably have been hearing and reading the news about the recent Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that it expects the novel coronavirus that has sparked outbreaks around the world to begin spreading at a community level in the United States, as a top official said that disruptions to daily...

Keven Moore: The risks and hazards of events — for event-planners, event-goers, here’s a heads-up

Every week all across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; plan and host events. These events range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. A special event is defined as a non-routine activity within a community, group or...

Keven Moore: Now that we’re older and more mature, we see KISS and ask ‘are rock concerts safe?’

A week ago today many of my fellow classmates, neighbors and Facebook friends were all recently called up to active duty as members of the Kiss Army as many of them were sharing photographs, videos and Facebook live videos of the concert in Rupp Arena. I decided to pass on the concert that night, but with all the social media postings it did take me to a day when I was in middle school in the mid-...

Keven Moore: Be careful with cozy space heater, check it out and use cautiously to avoid house fire

Did you know that half of the home heating fires are reported during December, January, and February? We are in the middle of peak season as January is the month where winter has settled in and many of us are binge-watching our shows on Netflix, Hulu, Primetime or Disney curled up either in front of a warm fireplace or space heater. Most of us all at least own at least one space heater, reserve for...

Keven Moore: In work and in life, the wisdom gained is often underrated and overlooked

My grandfather Charlie Clemons was a small-time tobacco farmer and, like many in that generation in rural Kentucky, he grew up without running water or electricity just outside Peonia. At a young age, he was kept out of school by his father to help work the farm, thus causing him to live the rest of his life shackled with illiteracy. Yet, Charlie Clemons was one of the wisest men that I have ever...

Keven Moore: Sewer and backup coverage is a must for most homeowners; here’s what you need to know

I have been in the commercial insurance industry working as a risk management & safety professional now for 27 years, and have owned a homeowners insurance policy now for a total of 29 years and have been lucky enough to have never turned in an insurance claim.  Working for an insurance agency that also provides personal lines and writes thousands of homeowner policies, I have overheard my fair...

Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

Keven Moore: As New Year’s Eve celebration looms, be careful of those flying champagne corks

If your New Year’s Eve plans this year includes shaking up a good bottle of champagne, popping the cork with two thumbs, and spraying nearby partygoers in a wild frenzy as you bring in the New Year you might want to reconsider. Popping open a bottle of champagne always seems very glamorous on TV, but if you’ve done it in real life, it can cause a serious injury. The fact is every year...

Keven Moore: Half of all eye injuries occur at home, just as Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie

If you are a fan or viewer of The Today Show then you probably noticed that anchor Savannah Guthrie was absent from the NBC morning show last week while she underwent eye surgery after injury. She is still working to repair the retina in her right eye, which tore last month while she was playing with her 3-year-old son Charley, after the toddler threw a toy train at her eye. Such injuries at home occur...

Keven Moore: ‘Tis the season for the ghost of Christmas party litigation — a workplace risk

The Christmas season is in full swing and with it comes the “Ghost of Holiday Party Litigation” increasing the risk of a workplace claims arising from inappropriate workplace conduct such as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and workplace health and safety issues. Injuries suffered at the Holiday party or other workplace event can be the subject of a workers’ compensation...

Keven Moore: Parades are risky; moving vehicles, floats, balloons, crowds — what can go wrong?

Every Thanksgiving Day our family has always had a long-standing family tradition of watching the Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade while the meal is being prepared. It’s been a staple for our family going way back to the day when there was much anticipation and buildup for the final float to arrive where Santa comes riding into town to kick off the Christmas season.    This parade had had a long...

Keven Moore: Watch out for deer, especially these next three weeks; collisions with them are dangerous

It’s that time of year again where we see an increase in deer-vehicle collisions, which usually starts in October, and November is typically the worst month because that’s when mating season is at its peak. Because the unseasonably warmer start to Fall this year, I have noticed while out traveling these Kentucky roads that I haven’t seen that many Deer this past month of October. Some believe...

Keven Moore: Halloween can be scary and dangerous, as well as fun; please take all precautions

Halloween is a fun festive and spooky time of the year for kids as many homeowners go all out to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. However it’s a holiday that comes with consequences, and I’m not talking about skinned knees and or sugar highs either. It a very dangerous night for many and I’m not referring to the likes of Michael Myers in the film Halloween or...

Keven Moore: Think your business is to small for OSHA? Not exactly! Any company can be inspected

As a risk management and safety consultant I have learned that there is a common myth out there that OSHA can’t inspect companies with less than 10 employees — but this isn’t true. Yes OSHA is a small agency and I have heard that the odds of being randomly inspected by OSHA are once every 77 years, but that comes with some footnotes: 1- None of your employees calls in a safety complaint...

Keven Moore: Hayrides may be a right of passage during the fall, but real dangers exist on the trail

As the leaves begin to change colors and the pumpkins come out, many families will be attending fall outings and festivals where hayrides have been fall tradition for decades. Hayrides are designed for a relaxing and scenic activity consisting of a recreational ride in a wagon or cart pulled by a tractor, horses or a truck, which has been loaded with hay or straw for comfortable seating. Historically...

Keven Moore: Believe it or not, there are hazards in the popular corn maze; be careful everywhere!

October is a couple of weeks away and it’s that time of the year again where fall is in the air and haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides will be in full swing.    In the past I have highlighted just how dangerous haunted house are in the past, but what about corn mazes? Can somebody get hurt or possibly killed in these confusing tangled mazes?  In October 2014 an 18-year-old Washington man...

Keven Moore: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Keven Moore: Escape Rooms are a popular, trendy form of entertainment — but are they dangerous?

Around the world, Escape Rooms are a booming form of entertainment that has swept this country in the last few years. An Escape Room, also known as an “escape game,” is a live‐action team‐based game where players are confined inside a space and must cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific...