The 4th Quarter issue of Fire Protection Engineering contained an article discussing the effectiveness of sprinkler systems in the event of a serious fire. Between 2003 and 2007 research found that sprinklers operated properly in 93% of large fires and were effective in 97% of those fires.
So why didn’t the sprinkler systems work 100% of the time? This study also revealed the most recent statistics regarding the top reasons for sprinkler failure:
So, how can you help reduce the probability of sprinkler system failure?
Do you own a barn or an outbuilding on your property? If so, check out these quick tips from Hastings Mutual’s loss control team for helpful advice on how to prevent barn fires.
Many national organizations and state legislatures are placing a great deal of emphasis on distracted driving, specifically the use cell phones. New laws are being implemented all over the country that will reduce the use of your cell phone for both talking and text messaging while driving. Cell phones may be one of the biggest distractions and certainly the distraction gaining the most attention, but what about all of the other driving distractions that can contribute to auto accidents?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are three main types of driving distractions:
Common examples of distracted driving:
It’s important to keep in mind that anything other than focused driving can contribute to an auto accident. Next time you reach for that cell phone or grab a bite to eat at that fast food restaurant – remember that distracted driving can cause serious injury and damage. Stay safe!
For more information check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Don’t get burned, know your fire safety tips
When you consider your office or your policyholders business, is fire safety a part of each day? The winter months present several fire perils, and they don’t end when the holiday decorations come down. Review the following safety tips that can help protect you and your customers from going up in smoke.
Fire extinguishers: Have at least one fire extinguisher in both your office and home. Know the various types of fire extinguisher and use the correct type if a fire occurs. Using the wrong variety of fire extinguisher can be dangerous or even fatal. If you need to use a fire extinguisher, stand with your back to an exit and stay several feet away from the fire. With a sweeping motion, spray the bottom of the flame. If the fire begins to spread, evacuate immediately and call 911. Learn more at www.fire-extinguisher101.com.
Portable heaters: Keep these devices away from furniture, drapes, blankets or any flammable item. Make sure portable heaters are turned off each time you leave your office or home. Find portable heaters with safety controls that can automatically shut off the power.
Evacuation plans: Is your office prepared in the event of a fire or other disaster? Does everyone know what their responsibilities are in the event that an evacuation takes place? Answering these important questions can help you be ready for whatever may come and potentially save lives. Use these basic tips when considering the safety of your staff:
Avoid the stress of potential disasters. Create safety plans and processes that keep you, your employees and your customers safe.
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