Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Reviews
Research shows that sprinklers are a highly effective part of a building’s fire protection system. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sprinklers are effective in controlling the fire in 96% of the fires in which they are operated.1 Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to read about commercial fires that were made worse because a building was outfitted with outdated fire sprinklers and water pumps. Most sprinklers are designed for the original occupancy classification of the building. If the building occupants and exposures change and no one checks the sprinkler system, insureds could find themselves in a situation where a sprinkler system can be overwhelmed in the event of a fire. Loss control specialists note that, when a sprinkler system does not work, loss severity inevitably increases.
To ensure that your buildings have the appropriate system in place, take advantage of Great American Loss Control’s Automatic Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Reviews. Agents or insureds can contact your Property & Inland Marine underwriter to engage with our Loss Control team’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Plan Examiner. The average turnaround time for a review is less than a week, although complicated systems may require more time. Agents and insureds will receive a survey letter that outlines any areas to address.
Our Loss Control team provides service and expertise that runs deep. From thermal imaging, various training sessions, and educational information such as our Safety Topics, our Loss Control team of experts will work with you to help improve the safety and security of your projects for better risk management and potential cost savings. The team includes a Certified Fire Plan Examiner that is certified to review new construction, renovations or existing building blueprints to approve automatic sprinkler protection plans.
- Automatic Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Review Guide – For Agents
- Automatic Sprinkler & Life Safety Plan Review Guide – For Insureds
- 1 US Experience with Sprinklers, National Fire Protection Association Research, 2017