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The Hazards and Safety Concerns in Flooded Buildings

When flood waters rise, the first concern is always evacuation of those in immediate danger. But once the immediate threat to life has subsided, the insurance community begins to assess the damage. In catastrophic loss situations, the overwhelming amount of damage can be daunting. So, where do you start?

Is wood heating safe? Yes, but…

There is nothing like a soothing fireplace that warms the mood on cold winter evenings! But how do you prevent a beautiful evening from escalating into a fire in your home? You must first know the type of device used and how it transmits heat. This information will go a long way in helping you reduce the risk of fire.

What’s the deal with Lithium-Ion batteries?

These batteries are gaining popularity and are found more and more often in everyday life: laptops, cell phones, power tools, bicycles and vehicles. However, they are not without flaws. In the past year alone, various manufacturers have recalled hundreds of thousands of hybrid cars. So what risk factors come into play?

Structural Fire Assessments: Putting Safety First

Following a fire to a structure, numerous steps need to be taken before a building can be repaired and eventually reoccupied. First and foremost, safety must be considered. Throughout Canada, requirements have been established for structural assessments to ensure safe entry to a building following a fire in order to investigate the cause, document and quantify the loss, develop repair plans and retrieve contents.

 

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