To our customers impacted by recent storms

We hope you and your family are safe. If you have been affected by one of the recent hurricanes and need to make an insurance claim, please call 1-800-362-7535 or click here to file your claim online.

Fire on the web

Take a minute to check out www.fire.nist.gov/fire/sprink/, the National Institute of Standards and Testing web site. It shows a very dramatic film that compares how fire spreads in two living rooms, one with a sprinkler system and one without. The room without a sprinkler system becomes an inferno 195 seconds after ignition of a simulated cigarette, with temperatures exceeding 1100º F. If your buildings are of traditional frame construction, this means you have about three minutes to evacuate the building and put out the fire before the building becomes a total loss. Some states now mandate the installation of sprinkler systems in new building construction. Even if your state does not, a sprinkler system is a wise investment, particularly in critical buildings like your dining hall or conference center.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.

For safety or risk management questions or suggestions, please contact Markel.

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