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Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires in Your Business

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jul 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In the News
If you search Google for ‘dryer fire business’, you’ll see news stories like these. Last month, in Petaluma, California, a fire that began in a clothes dryer caused $10,000 in damage at a uniform store. In February, a weekend fire that originated in a dryer caused extensive damage to a laundry business in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 2014, a fire at an Australian day spa started when oily towels left in a hot dryer spontaneously combusted. More than 20 firefighters worked to contain the fire and the damage cost approximately $200,000. Here’s information on the safe storage and disposal of oily rags.

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Proper use of fire extinguishers

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jun 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

While on a site visit in downtown Milwaukee, a West Bend loss prevention associate recognized a fire extinguisher in a restaurant kitchen indicating it had been discharged. This was puzzling because the fire extinguisher had been serviced only a few weeks before. After questioning the manager, a startling discovery was made. In a well-intentioned attempt to test the effectiveness of the newly-inspected fire extinguisher, the manager had taken the canister outside and discharged it. It quickly became clear this process was followed for every fire extinguisher within the facility! If a real fire had broken out in the building, there would have been no viable options for containing the flames because all of the extinguishers had been depressurized.

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Combustible Dust

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jun 15, 2016 8:00:35 AM

According to OSHA, since 1980, almost 150 workers have been killed and more than 850 injured due to combustible dust explosions.

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Going Up in Flames

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Apr 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fire is one of the biggest threats for restaurants and bars.  A recent study, completed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, found that as little as 3% of cooking oil residue left in towels after laundering can spontaneously combust.  Fibers in the towels trap oil and grease over time, creating an opportunity for combustion.  When people think of spontaneous combustion and towels, they usually think of solvent-soaked towels; however, towels soaked with cooking oil – vegetable or animal – present the same risks and potential loss. 

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Safety Controls for your Restaurant

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 21, 2014 2:35:00 PM

By their very nature, restaurants present significant exposures when it comes to potential losses. That’s why owners and operators appreciate insurance companies surveying, or inspecting, their properties to find ways to prevent losses. Here are several safety controls you should have in place to help prevent or minimize losses at your restaurant.

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How Should I Store Idle Pallets?

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 20, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Storing idle pallets can create a severe fire hazard, whether inside or outside your building. Wood pallets dry out and become susceptible to easy ignition by even the smallest source.

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