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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

Automatic Sprinkler Testing - Internal Piping Condition and Obstruction Investigation

Posted by WSRB on May 20, 2014

A Confidence Test is the common name of the annual inspection, testing, and maintenance of the sprinkler system. Some tests are commonly done once a year as part of the Confidence Test (such as the main drain or local alarm test). Others are performed less frequently but are just as important (such as a trip test using the inspector’s test outlet for a dry system or an internal pipe inspection). When operated, properly maintained sprinkler systems are effective 96% of the time, according to the NFPA.

Among the required automatic sprinkler tests WSRB requires are:

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Topics: Automatic sprinkler systems, property risk inspections, Field inspections, GIS Mapping, Inspections, insurance, Home Fire Protection

How to Prepare Your Business for 4th of July Celebrations

Posted by WSRB on July 1, 2013

Many businesses host special 4th of July events every year. Whether you’re a restaurant serving a special 4th-inspired menu or an outdoor amphitheater hosting a concert or fireworks, large crowds and the celebratory atmosphere can pose increased fire and general safety risks.

There is a lot of great grilling, campfire, and firework safety info out there, but what about the unique conditions that businesses face on the 4th of July? Here are some tips that we’ve put together:

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Topics: Holidays, Field inspections, GIS Mapping, Home Fire Protection

Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Maintenance — What to Do and When to Do It

Posted by WSRB on June 24, 2013

Most fires begin small enough to be easily put out with a fire extinguisher. Extinguishers are your first line of defense. This is why it is so important to make sure your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained, in your home and business.

Before we get into inspections and maintenance, here are a few things to check:

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Topics: Protection class, Field inspections, GIS Mapping, Home Fire Protection

Why Field Reports Are Important

Posted by WSRB on August 27, 2012

You’ve asked all the right questions and collected all the filled-out forms. You may even know the building, but do you really know what’s going on inside and around the buildings you insure? It’s impossible to account for every possible situation and condition applying to a building through questions, conversations and building history and data.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, loss cost, rating bureau, Field inspections, Inspections