Power quality a serious issue for business, industry

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The LED display on the kitchen range is blinking again, yet the old battery-operated clock seems to be working just fine. How many times have you had to reset clocks on microwaves, alarms, digital cable boxes and other devices due to a brief moment of power interruption?

We don’t often think about momentary power interruptions or how they affect our everyday lives. In business or production process-related industries, the effects of these interruptions may be particularly disastrous and very costly.


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Business equipment – What will you do when it fails?

Tornadoes and fires may or may not happen to you, but like the human body, from the day it first goes into operation your business equipment begins the journey to its eventual failure. Standard commercial property policies typically don’t protect against unexpected equipment breakdown, and warranties, service contracts and preventive maintenance agreements only cover so much. Adding equipment breakdown coverage can be a valuable part of your business insurance portfolio.


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Fire danger in the construction zone

Fires are a significant hazard on construction sites. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were an annual average of 830 fires in residential buildings under construction from 2007 through 2011, excluding one- and two-family homes. These fires caused an average of $56 million in direct property damage per year. Over those same years, there were an estimated 400 fires annually in large residential buildings undergoing major renovation, causing an average of $17 million in direct property loss per year.


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Training is key to correct fire extinguisher usage

Fire extinguishers can be an effective tool, but only when you select the correct type for your needs; install them in the most effective locations; and learn the proper way to use them. This three-part series covers the basics of fire extinguishers. Part 3 of 3 – Once activated, a fire extinguisher typically provides less than 30 seconds of use. That’s why proper training and application are critical to ensuring effectiveness.


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Correctly place fire extinguishers for optimum use

Fire extinguishers can be an effective tool, but only when you select the correct type for your needs; install them in the most effective locations; and learn the proper way to use them. This three-part series covers the basics of fire extinguishers. Part 2 of 3 – Fire extinguishers are a critical component of your building’s overall fire protection system. With properly trained personnel and correctly placed and maintained extinguishers, these devices can suppress a fire in the early stages.


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