Prepare Your Trucking Business Against Wildfires

By | June 8, 2011

It seems that each summer our nation is plagued with wildfires.  And this year is no exception.  In fact, fires are breaking out earlier than normal in 2011.  How do we prepare our businesses to survive the threat of wildfires?  One of our partner companies, Sentry Insurance, has some pretty great tips and tricks for keeping truckers safe against wildfires.  Read on:

Prepare Your Trucking Business Against Wildfires

Each year, more than 100,000 wildfires burn millions of acres and damage hundreds of homes and businesses in the United States. Because your trucking business is located in an area prone to wildfires, we’ve prepared the following precautions:

Preparing for a wildfire

  • Park power units, trailers, etc. in storage yards, allowing 50 feet of clear space between equipment and nearby vegetation
  • Minimize vegetation and outside storage of combustible materials within a 50-foot radius of buildings
  • Keep roofs and gutters clear of leaves, tree limbs, pine needles and other debris
  • Keep emergency supplies on-hand including flashlights, battery-powered TVs and radios, extra batteries, first-aid kits, water and non-perishable food
  • Train employees on fire prevention and protection and practice implementing your emergency response plan
  • Develop and document a plan for moving power units, trailers, cargo, etc. to safe locations if the need arises
  • Coordinate your business’s emergency procedures with local emergency response organizations and community officials
  • Clearly mark your address, street and number on driveway entrances and buildings to assist in firefighting efforts

When a wildfire strikes (if time permits and it is safe to do so)

  • Seal air ventilation vents
  • Turn off natural and/or propane gas and pilot lights
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Close window coverings and move combustible materials and objects away from walls and toward the center of the building
  • Disconnect equipment from power sources to avoid damage from power surges
  • Move power units, trailers, cargo, etc. to safe locations
  • Use hoses or sprinklers to wet roofs, walls and nearby vegetation
  • Remove essential business records

After a wildfire

  • Do not return to your business until local authorities indicate it is safe
  • Stay clear of any downed electrical lines
  • Check all areas of your building for evidence of fire damage

We provide tips on preparing for a disaster, current alerts and links to disaster-update websites in our customer portal, Sentry @ Your Service. This resource also helps promote a culture of safety by providing access to:

  • Solutions to help avoid common exposures in your industry
  • Weekly safety topics specific to your business
  • An online library with more than 100 safety-related topics
  • Interactive, web-based safety training modules
  • Exclusive discounts on safety supplies

This document is made available by Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “SIAMCO”) with the understanding that SIAMCO is not engaged in the practice of law, nor is it rendering legal advice. The information contained in this document is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Legal obligations may vary by state and locality. No one should act on the information contained in this document without legal advice from competent and licensed local professionals. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS DISTRIBUTED BY SIAMCO “AS-IS”, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES. SIAMCO WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES CAUSED, OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY THIS DOCUMENT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AND DEATH) OR OTHER GROUNDS.

Products and safety services are underwritten, issued and/or administered by a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, Stevens Point, WI. For a complete listing of companies, visit sentry.com. Policies, coverages, benefits and discounts are not available in all states. Certain restrictions apply. See policy for complete details.

 


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