Yes, it’s our Fully Interactive Risk Search Tool in PropertyEDGE!
Did you know, when you log in to PropertyEDGE our Class and Specifically Rated risks will appear in an overlay on the map with a link to the loss cost? This overlay will automatically load when you’re zoomed in to approximately the .2 mile aerial overview level. For some areas, the overlay will outline the individual building with a flag showing the risk number. In most areas, there will be a flag on the street next to the address location of the building.
This overlay feature works with any of the basemaps in PropertyEDGE.
Accessing Reports and Loss Costs
Before accessing a loss cost, be sure that your popup blocker is turned off. Once the map is loaded, search for your address in the Address bar. The map will zoom in to this location and the overlay will automatically appear.
At the top left side of your screen, click on “Tools” to open the Tools menu.
– Once the Tools menu is opened, click on “Identify Risk.”
– Once “Identify Risk” is selected, simply click on the outline of the building or the flag on top of it to see the loss cost page.
Note: The loss cost search page will appear as a popup. If you don’t see the loss cost page:
- Is your popup blocker turned off? If you’re not sure how to check, contact your IT Department or give us a call.
- Did it appear behind the PropertyEDGE window? If so, try minimizing PropertyEDGE and other programs to see if it’s open behind everything else.
– Clicking the building or flag will bring up the loss cost page with the risk number automatically entered into the Risk Search box.
Check to be sure the appropriate LOI (Limits of Insurance) and Rule 85 buttons are clicked and hit “Search.”
– The loss costs and a link to the inspection will appear!
Turning Layer Off
– To turn this overlay OFF, simply go to the Layers menu on the right hand side of your screen.
– Click the down arrow or the word “Layers.”
– Click on “WSRB Rated Buildings” to uncheck the box.
Why won’t my map pan?
– If you’re having trouble moving the map, be sure you’ve unchecked the “Identify Risk” button in the tools menu.
Why isn’t the loss cost page showing up?
– If the loss cost page doesn’t appear:
- Be sure you’ve selected “Identify Risk” before clicking on the map.
- Minimize your windows to be sure the page didn’t appear behind the PropertyEDGE window.
- Be sure your popup blocker is turned off.
WSRB would like to encourage you to attend the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit on Thursday, Sept. 18th, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. This event is an excellent opportunity to get connected to the issues, the experts, the advocates, and the resources. CEUs are available.
See the flyer below for details. More information is available here.
Immediately following the event is a “Vendor Connections” exhibit showcasing the latest technology and resources. Stay until traffic subsides while enjoying the information, networking, appetizers, and door prizes.
On Friday, Sept. 19th, NFSA’s John Corso will be instructing a one-day class entitled “Residential Fire Sprinklers: Homes to High-Rise.” It’s a great opportunity to learn more detailed information about fire sprinklers and earn additional CEUs. Registration for this class is available at www.nfsa.org.
The first time you saw someone walking down the street smoking a glass tube with an electric blue or red light on it, you were probably taken aback. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) are surrounded by controversy, but whatever your opinions on cigarettes and smoking, they have revolutionized an industry. Initially, it seemed, from a fire safety standpoint, if people don’t have burning objects in their hands, much of the fire loss associated with smoking can’t happen. (An estimated 90% of forest fires are man-made, with discarded cigarettes being one of the major causes, and over 1,000 home fire deaths every year are attributed to cigarettes.) Are e-cigs any more fire-safe than the traditional cigarette, and what exactly are they?
E-cigs are battery operated devices that allow the user to inhale nicotine via a vaporized nicotine substance (sometimes called “juice”). Not all e-cigs have nicotine in their juice and it’s up to an individual user if they want the juice to contain the nicotine. A sensor placed inside of the e-cigarette senses when the user is inhaling and a microprocessor heats and vaporizes the juice thus allowing the smoker to inhale the vapor. Because they’re battery-powered they need to be charged and can break. Rather than exhaling smoke, e-cig smokers exhale a vapor which provides the taste and sensation of smoking.
E-cigs are relatively new, so obtaining fire hazard numbers is difficult at this point. A quick google search leads to an article about one exploding in the UK, and another sparking a home fire in Oklahoma. But it appears the e-cigs themselves are not so much the issue as the lithium batteries contained within and the way in which they’re charged.
Thus far it would appear the numbers of injuries or deaths from the fire aspect of e-cigs is significantly less than those of traditional smokes. But if you’re an e-cig smoker, or contemplating switching to them, what safety precautions should you take?
- Read the instructions! Know how your e-cig works, and don’t press the button to activate the cigarette for any longer than you need to. This can cause the atomizer (that makes the vapor) overheat.
- Many electronic cigarettes are made to plug into walls and not vehicles.
- Charge on a clutter-free, non-combustible surface.
- Unplug the electronic cigarette once it’s fully charged. Because voltage can fluctuate, an over-charged device can actually result in parts of the e-cig blowing up.
- Don’t leave your device unattended while it’s charging.
- Look into getting a fireproof safety bag to use when you’re charging your e-cig battery.
- Beware of the juice around small children and pets. If a small child or pet eats a traditional cigarette they’ll probably have a stomach ache, but recuperate quickly. E-cigs use a concentrated nicotine juice which can be fatal to pets and make children extremely ill. In fact, the number of animals dying from nicotine overdose has exploded since e-cigs have become more popular.
While e-cigarettes are not actively burning like traditional cigarettes they do pose their own inherent risks. Take care and be fire safe!
The intent of this article is to discuss the possible fire safety of electronic cigarettes. WSRB makes no comment on the health, use, or hazards of these devices nor does WSRB make any comparison to the health of traditional cigarettes or smoking.
I’ve always disliked that title. Or worse, “change agents.” But you have to admit, they have a real ring to them: cutting edge, driver of newness, destroyer of… okay, getting carried away.
I first heard the term in the 1980s or 1990s at a seminar the company put on to teach all to be change agents. Drive the company to new heights and purge the non-believers. Maybe a bit much, but the name has this dynamic to it. Venturing into the bright new future and carrying the torch of progress!
I could never really figure out what they were wanting from us (I might have been a poor candidate). All of the classes, hiding cheese books, and such were more and more of the same: things all around us were changing and we must keep up! The old phrase, “A keen perception of the obvious,” comes to mind. I recently saw another seminar (thankfully not from my company) that was touting the benefits of accepting change. There must be buckets of money in selling this stuff.
My father was a printer as far back as I can remember. He and his father printed some of the first Seafair programs, so I am told. Sometime in the late 1950s he traveled back east to see a new printing method that involved photography rather than type setting. Changed everything.
My first company job in insurance was in an underwriting department with World War II era double-pedestal wooden desks. Marvelous things. A few years after that we got cubicles and phones that did not have 5 buttons. Our claims sheets became printouts from this huge air-conditioned room in the basement with row after row of tape machines processing and storing information. Sometime in the late 1970s a monitor was slapped on my desk one morning and much of our stuff was showing up there and not on paper. It was called a “dumb monitor,” the only computer term I ever really liked. I invested in a company that made monitors at that time, my first venture into the stock market. The company stock went up like a rocket and blew up the same way. A bit later a new high tech company was coming along named Microsoft, but I was not going to be stupid twice…
A PC was mailed to me in 1989, I think. IBM XT. We unpacked it, stared at it, and tried to sort out what to do with it. That was resolved pretty quickly when my annual budget was mailed to me on a big old floppy disk on Lotus 123. Had to learn both to work on the budget; home office was not much help. About a year after that, we all had PCs and were linked to Home Office in one form or another. Everything was done on them. I now have a laptop computer that probably has the computing power to operate a moderate-sized country’s accounting system. I have also been issued something called a tablet that is like a computer but smaller and more annoying.
Continuing on this downhill trend, I made a mistake and bought a cell phone. My life is tied to the thing. The flip phone gave way to a Blackberry then an Android (there is probably some fellow making millions thinking up nonsense names that become commonly accepted) and now an iPhone. Bought it this year and find it has been replaced already by a newer, sleeker model. You can’t even play golf and be away from the office. It gets emails so I have to deal with those everywhere I am. People don’t call, they email or now text. That is confusing, by the way: text is words, so everything is text, isn’t it?
I am not going to talk about the difference between my first car and the one I have now.
So what changes are they talking about that I am having trouble adapting to?
Our new series, Tracy’s Thoughts, is a once or twice-monthly smorgasbord of thoughts from our Subscriber Services Manager, Tracy Skinner. Topics will range from vending at conventions to the importance of insurance, and beyond! We hope you enjoy Tracy’s thoughts and stop by for more!