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Posted by Anthony Higgins on July 24, 2018

It’s the season for home improvement. But while you may be eyeing a new kitchen island or a soaking tub in the master bath, there’s one project that could make a big difference in your safety and peace of mind.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Home safety, Home Fire Protection

Why Sprinkler Systems Fail

Posted by Robert Lacy on July 17, 2018

In the insurance industry, we consider the automatic sprinkler system one of the world’s greatest inventions. The first modern system was designed and installed in 1812, and by 1890, automated sprinkler technology more or less resembled the systems in use today.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Building Construction, Inspections

The Importance of Automated Sprinkler Systems

Posted by Robert Lacy on August 3, 2017

 

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems

Top Ten Reasons You Aren't Getting Full Sprinkler Credit

Posted by Robert Lacy on August 2, 2017

What does WSRB look for when evaluating automatic sprinkler systems? What are the most common reasons for loss of credit? These questions go hand in hand and can be answered by looking at the top 10 reasons sprinkler systems lose credit.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems

No Sprinkler Left Behind

Posted by Sandra Bird on August 1, 2017

Sprinkler credit gives your commercial properties a huge win when it comes to premium cost. Yet getting this credit can be elusive for some buildings. We have a solution! Given the impressive track record of automatic fire sprinklers, WSRB extends credit to all eligible sprinkler systems. Having all the documentation to evaluate an automatic fire sprinkler system thoroughly is preferred, but we will evaluate systems that do not have some previously required elements, including the original “As-Built” plans.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems

One Size Sprinkler System Does Not Fit All

Posted by Robert Lacy on May 9, 2016

by Robert Lacy

A company’s storage design (what they're storing and how they’re storing it) determines the sprinkler system for a building. The amount of combustibles stored based on height, storage arrangements and materials all affect how fast a fire grows and thus the amount of water needed.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, loss cost, rating bureau, Field inspections, GIS Mapping, Inspections, Home Fire Protection

Attend Our Upcoming Webinar: Restaurant Suppression (UL 300)!

Posted by WSRB on March 9, 2016

 

There are over 1 million restaurant locations in the United States and that number is expected to rise to over 1.7 million by 2026. These restaurants employ 14.4 million people and generate $782 billion in revenues. With about 8,000 restaurant fires happening each year, causing over $246 million in property damage, it is critical to understand and implement all the safety precautions. Almost all fires start in the kitchen and food preparation areas showing you how important a working kitchen fire suppression system is.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, UL 300, Home Fire Protection

Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

Posted by WSRB on September 2, 2014

WSRB would like to encourage you to attend the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit on Thursday, Sept. 18th, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. This event is an excellent opportunity to get connected to the issues, the experts, the advocates, and the resources. CEUs are available.

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Home safety, loss cost, Building Construction, Home Fire Protection

Common Home Fire Sprinkler Questions Answered

Posted by WSRB on June 20, 2014

At WSRB we are committed to reducing losses caused by fire. While we focus most of our business activities on property, we also know that saving lives when a fire occurs is even more important. We’ve discussed home fire sprinklers on our blog before (check out the article here!) but some people have wanted to know more. Are they truly effective? How do they work? Won’t the flood damage cost more than the fire damage? Can my roughhousing kid knock a sprinkler head off and flood my home?

 

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, Home Fire Protection

Warehouses - Storage Issues You Should Know

Posted by WSRB on June 11, 2014

Rack storage in warehousing facilities can present a complicated fire risk.  From the types of products being stored to the height of the storage, many factors need to be addressed to properly understand these risks. While this is not a comprehensive guide, it will help you identify common issues with rack storage the next time you’re walking through your customer’s business!

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, GIS Mapping, Inspections, insurance, Hazards