Imagine arriving to work as a business owner, only to find your building engulfed in flames. What could have been done differently to prepare for such a tragic event? Great American has a broad range of safety resources to help business owners protect their property from potentially devastating events like fire.


Stay Safe While Performing Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work

Hot work, such as welding, cutting, brazing and/or grinding can present a significant opportunity for fire and/or injury. The purpose of this guide is to help ensure a safe and healthy environment exists whenever hot work is conducted.

Why You Should Be Listening To Your Safety Manager

If your organizational safety manager is not actively involved, then you are missing out on a great opportunity to help protect your assets and control your insurance expenses.

Quarterly Fire Safety Equipment Checklist

Building alarm and suppression systems should be inspected by a certified third party on an annual basis. Use this form to record the inspection of the building’s fire protection equipment.

Minimize Water Damage Loss for Your Building

Water intrusion sources, both external and internal, are a huge threat for the owner of any building, including a residential home, apartment and/or condominium.

Best Practices for Laundry Fire and Water Damage

Clean the lint filter before or after each use to reduce the risk of fire caused by accumulated dust and lint.

Stay Safe When Using Portable Heaters

When using a portable heater, carefully follow these guidelines to help prevent a fire.

Automatic Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Reviews

Great American’s Loss Control team offers Automatic Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Reviews as part of its service offerings to agents appointed with Great American, as well as policyholders.

Storage Cabinets Help Prevent Flammable and Combustible Liquid Fires

Flammable liquid fires can be avoided by storing flammable liquids in UL listed storage cabinets, while the liquids are not in use.

Protect Your Property With Spare Sprinkler Heads

NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, published by the National Fire Protection Association, requires that facilities maintain an inventory of spare sprinkler heads of like kind and type representative of the heads installed.

Preserve Your Fire Protection System From Frozen Pipes

This checklist provides information on methods to help prevent the freezing of systems and precautions to reduce the risk of fire if a system freezes.

Fire Safety Assessment for Contractors

Contractors should review the following to assess fire exposures and potential dangers on the job.

Inspect Your Farm for Fire Safety

This checklist will help you prevent fire on your farm and help keep fire under control. Mark each question with “yes” or “no”. Questions which receive “no” answers indicate potential danger spots which need prompt attention–and correction. INSPECT your farm yourself–TODAY!

Winterize Your Buildings

To prepare for winter weather, property owners should take the precautionary steps and procedures necessary to protect their property.

Continuity of Operations Planning

How quickly a company can recover after an emergency, such as a terrorist attack, tornado, fire, or flood, often depends on pre-emergency planning.

Rental Housing Safety Checklist

Owning a rental property can be a risky business. Whether the air conditioner breaks or the plumbing malfunctions, landlords need to expect the unexpected.

Temporary Heating Considerations for Construction Jobsites

Temporary heating devices play an important role in working effectively during cold weather. They allow temperature-critical work to continue and provide a more comfortable working environment. Improper selection and use however, can lead to worker injury or property damage from burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, oxygen deficient atmospheres, fires or explosions. Though numerous models are available from various manufacturers, they fall into three main categories: Direct-fired, Indirect-fired and Electric.

Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

According to a report by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), older adults represent one of the highest fire risk populations in the United States. The report, titled “Fire Risks for Older Adults,” identified the following fire safety tips from the USFA for older adults and building owners to enhance fire safety in living units .

Fire Prevention For Contractor's Equipment

Equipment fires can delay a project and result in penalties or nullified contracts

Post-Flood Fire Safety Checklist

Vapors from flammable liquids, gasses, organic dusts and fibers present a serious potential for fire and/or explosion.

Avoid Fires from Massage Oils

Massage oils can cause fires. Sheets and towels saturated in oils can spontaneously combust in your dryer or storage, even after they’ve been washed.

Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery

Avoiding Dangers Associated with Cleanup and Recovery from Hurricanes is accomplished by adhering to appropriate safety measures.

How to Clean Dryer Vents and What Can Happen If You Don’t

If your dryer takes forever and a day to dry, it might be time to learn how to clean the dryer vent. Ask yourself, honestly, when was the last time you did it. Maybe never? We're not talking about the screen inside the dryer. We're talking about the silver tube exhaust system that carries all the hot, wet air outside.

What Should You Do If a Wildfire Threatens?

If you are warned that a wildfire is threatening your area, listen to your radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials. You should also warn others of the threat and alert them to the possibility of evacuation.

Controlling Static Electricity Around Propane

The smallest static spark you can see or feel has double the energy required to ignite propane!

Detect Hot Spots Before They Burn

Nearly $400 million was lost in 2015 due to electrical malfunction fires. Electrical fires are one of the most costly type of fires in nonresidential buildings.

Is Your Electric Panel a Fire Risk?

Take a look at your electrical panel. If any of the labels in it say “Zinsco,” you may have a fire risk. These older electrical panels would not pass today’s UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listing and would not be sold to the general public.

Thwart Injuries and Property Damage this Winter by Taking Preventative Measures

As we take in the joys of the holiday season, don’t forget to also take a few steps to prevent potential disasters. Protect your employees, clients, volunteers and property this winter by taking precautionary measures to reduce the likelihood of damage caused by common winter hazards such as freezing pipes or icy parking lots.

Barn Fire Safety Checklist

Fire safety is an important part of farm life. People, animals, and property are in danger when fire breaks out on the farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for the following fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss.

Oily Rags Safety

Many materials are prone to spontaneous ignition such as linseed oil, oil-based paints and stains, varnishes and polyurethane, and paint thinners.

Portable Generator Safety

Portable generators can be not only a convenience but a necessity during a power outage. However, portable generators can also be dangerous if used incorrectly.

At Great American, not only do we take loss control seriously, we try to make it easier for our customers to operate in a safer environment. From thermal imaging, various training sessions, and educational information such as our Safety Topics, we provide specialized services to reduce loss potential, loss costs, and control unsafe acts and conditions.

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