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Fire Safety

Unauthorized roof access / Accès non autorisé aux toits

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Access to rooftops is an attractive nuisance. In most cases, it is simply for the thrill of doing something you are not supposed to do, but sometimes it results in damage to school board property or injuries to those trespassing. While childproofing your property is not the expectation, taking actions towards bringing awareness…

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Keeping our schools & premises safe during any closure / Assurer la sécurité de nos écoles…

By | Building Security, COVID-19, Facilities Management, Fire Safety, General, Loss Control, Occupier’s Liability | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** From this blogger’s perspective, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the rest of the school year will look like. Will students return to in-person learning? If so, when? Could schools be open all summer (ok, probably not)? As we wait to hear from decision makers, one thing is certain, to avoid loss…

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Fire hazards from combustibles adjacent to buildings / Danger d’incendie lié aux combustibles à proximité des bâtiments

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Managing fire safety hazards plays a critical part of any property risk management program, with the ultimate focus on protecting employees, facilities and other assets required for your operations. Fire caused by arsonists is an ongoing issue for the OSBIE membership. While arson claims are low in frequency, the severity is high. For…

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Alcohol Based Hand Rubs in Ontario Schools  / Utilisation de désinfectant pour les mains à base d’alcool dans les écoles de l’Ontario

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Thank you to Chris Kreibich of Premium Risk Services for this week’s blog. Chris works with OSBIE as a representative for our HELP (Human Element Loss Prevention) program. He has 13 years experience as a commercial loss control inspector and 19 years as a firefighter. He is a qualified Fire Prevention Officer &…

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The right fire extinguisher for the right purpose / Le bon extincteur pour le bon usage

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Geoff Cranstone. Mr. Cranstone is a commercial insurance inspector with 17 years of experience in the industry in Canada. He is employed by IV3 Solutions (one of our representatives for our HELP (Human Element Loss Prevention) program) and provides risk assessment and risk mitigation services throughout…

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How to help protect your school over the holidays / Comment protéger votre école pendant les Fêtes

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***Version française au bas de la page*** The countdown to the winter break is on! It’s hard to say what the weather forecast has in store for us over the next month. Normally, we do see an increase in property claims over the winter break due to unexpected and extreme cold snaps. We also see claims as a result of…

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Building inspections during school closures / Inspections des immeubles pendant la fermeture des écoles

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***Version française au bas de la page*** Unfortunately, it is in times like these, when it is known that many businesses have closed their doors, that there is an added risk to property owners. During school closures an inspection program can help reduce water damage, accidental fire, vandalism and deter arson. Inspections should be conducted every 48 hours to ensure the…

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A Good News Claims Story / Une histoire de sinistre qui se termine bien

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When working in the insurance industry it is apparent that insurance is not generally a topic that is viewed by most in a very positive manner.  When you purchase an insurance policy, you are purchasing “a promise” that when a covered loss occurs that the claim will be paid promptly and fairly. OSBIE is a member owned non-profit insurance reciprocal…

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Finding the balance between fire safety and decorations / Trouver l’équilibre entre la sécurité-incendie et les décorations

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***Version française au bas de la page*** From holiday and seasonal decorations to the cultivation of effective learning environments, school staff put forward innovative ideas to enhance the student experience. The question arises whether this trend is problematic from a fire safety perspective, and whether there is a balanced school environment approach to fire risk and prevention in schools. There…

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