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26 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2017 Good morning Members, As a follow up to the recent email regarding fires, Adam Jellet from Sunshine State Insurance has replied. In his email he outlines the attitude of Insurers and a comprehen- sive and thought provoking check list. This is based on statistics and many years’ experience. Please use this and my earlier email to review your shop/s, suggest sooner rather than later. We all become accustomed to “walking past” hazards. Thanks Adam, Kind regards Brian Tonkin CEO t- (03) 5908 4921 e- email@example.com From: Adam Jellett RE: *** DIA 3 Recent Fires*** Thanks Brian, Yes I did receive this email. Thanks for shooting it through again. There have been a number of fires recently...it’s an unfortunate common occurrence, and is only going make it more and more difficult for the industry to obtain insurance. Insurers will continue to walk away from the industry, or we will continue to see premiums coming under more and more pressure. Vero Insurance is a prime example of this, they have in the last month pulled out of the market for insuring any new laundries, and will be assessing each current policy on a case by case basis (appreciate that this may be considered a separate industry however they are closely related and present similar exposures) Electrical faults within the building seem to be a main contributor with these recent events, including many in the past. What it means is that there is more onus on business owners to spend more attention on their own housekeeping measures. What you have mentioned below are great examples, I’ve also noted a few other potentially good ways on how to help mitigate against losses: a. Engage an electrician to undertake a thermal scan on switchboards and wiring to identify hot spots and circuit overloads b. Upgrade switchboards and circuit breakers that are old or haven’t been replaced in many years. c. Ensure that switchboards are enclosed with metal covers, this can help reduce the spread of fire. d. Check all electrical items to ensure that they are not a fire waiting to happen (eg: cheaply made phone charges, or other old equipment/items) e. Have a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule in place. i. Clean excess lint and dust of machines and within the premises on a regular basis ii. Regular removal rubbish iii. Service machines on a regular basis f. Implement new risk management & mitigation techniques, such as; i. Use separation and isolation for items that require extensive cooling after being processed ii. Ensure that wet and hot towels, linen etc... are not left in a pile or unattended ie: avoid processing late afternoon so that they are left to cool overnight iii. Identify and treat items with the potential to contain oil based products with extra care and caution, or avoid where possible Closing up procedures ie: undertake a final walk through the premises to ensure high risk items are not left unattended, equipment / elec- trical devices are shut down correctly, and a general check that the premises is in good clean working order. Ensure fire equipment is serviced and up to date. FIRE PROTECTION Correspondence between Brian Tonkin, CEO of the DIA, and Adam Jellett, Sunshine State Insurance Brokers.
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