Preparing Your Business For A Wildfire in Murrieta, Menifee, Temecula, Lake Elsinore
Unfortunately We Are No Strangers to Wildfires
Wildfire preparation |A red flag warning fire season typically aligns with times when there’s an excess of dry fuels, winds and temperatures are above average, and humidity is low, which creates hot, dry conditions. Wildfire season also varies from one region to another. It’s that time of year when wildfires burn millions of acres and destroy hundreds of homes and businesses.
When weather conditions such as strong wind, low relative humidity, and high temperatures make wildfires more likely, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues notices.
Making sure that your business is prepared for worst is going to be the key to your own resiliency and our community’s ability to recover after a wildfire. Maintaining a resilient and vibrant business community will allow for those impacted to feel normal faster after the wildfire. You have a role to play and it’s easier to prepare than you may think.
Sure, you take an inventory of your products regularly. But do your have and inventory of your equipment? Just like with home insurance, if you don’t have your property (Equipment, Electronics, furniture, etc.) documented, cataloged and issued to your insurance carrier as a scheduled list of business property you will not get paid for items not in your property schedule/list (inventory).
We have an APP that makes the Inventory process:
Have you taken any measures to safeguard your California business? A wildfire can damage your business structures in three ways:
- Burning Embers: Wind-blown embers typically cause most building ignitions. A fire creates embers when it burns combustible items such as landscaping vegetation and structural fuels.
- Radiant Heat: Fire creates radiant heat that can ignite combustible materials when a fire is hot enough and has enough time to cause the ignition. Additionally, exposure to lower levels of radiant heat can preheat materials and make it easier for them to catch fire from a direct flame.
- Direct Flame Contact: Direct flame contact refers to actual flames from the wildfire coming into contact with buildings or combustible items attached to or near the business.
So, what should you do during a wildfire, and how can you protect your business’s assets if they are damaged or destroyed? Mercury Insurance wants to help you safeguard your livelihood.
How to Prevent Wildfires
The best way to stop a wildfire is to prevent it from occurring. Help keep your business wildfire-proof by:
- Clearing natural debris such as dead vegetation from roofs, gutters and decks.
- Closing off all vents in attics and crawl spaces or shielding them with mesh screens to keep burning embers from blowing into your commercial structure.
- Never parking commercial vehicles on dry vegetation and cleaning up any spilled gas or motor oil.
- Removing any combustible materials from underneath decks and porches.
What to Do During a Wildfire
Business owners have a responsibility to ensure their property is ready for fire season. The West Coast, especially California, should expect an above average wildfire frequency in 2019, according to NIFC. In the event a wildfire does approach your business, protect it and your employees by:
- Listening carefully to news alerts and public service announcements for air quality reports and wildfire updates on television, radio or smartphones.
- Following your company wildfire response plan and holding practice drills to make sure your staff knows evacuation routes and safe places to go.
- Propping a ladder on the side of the building to give firefighters access to the roof.
- Turning on water hoses and filling containers with water.
- Removing any combustible materials from the area surrounding the property.
- Turning a light on in each room of the office for visibility in the event of smoke.
- Closing all doors and windows, but not locking them.
- Moving upholstered office furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.
- Turning off the air conditioning system.
Commercial Property Insurance/Wildfire Insurance
Every business owner faces a different set of challenges and risks when it comes to wildfires. That’s why Mercury Insurance provides coverage options that can help almost any company. A commercial property insurance policy or business owners policy (BOP) can protect your assets and provide liability coverage if one of your employees gets injured on the job.
Having an insurance company that provides effective customer support and speedy claim resolution after a wildfire can help you get back to business sooner. Whether it’s our client-focused service or established industry reputation, we pride ourselves on being a top insurance product provider.
- Mercury is an A-rated company by A.M. Best.
- We provide 24/7 claims service.
- We have more than $4 billion in assets.
Get in touch with your local Mercury Insurance agent today to talk about how you can protect your business from wildfires.
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Plan and Prepare
Every business owner hopes that wildfire season leaves them unscathed, but nature’s unpredictability requires careful planning. Wildfires can be very damaging and dangerous to your organization and employees. This includes possible damage to your facility and personal property issues your employees might experience. Get our free wildfire checklist that outlines things to consider when preparing for a wildfire.