Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use.

Background

This recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – plastic handle and push-button Pindicator portable fire extinguishers.  The CPSC notes that these fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been nearly 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including a 2014 fatality involving a car fire following a crash where emergency responders were unable to get a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher to work.  Extinguisher failure has also resulted in approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation, minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Replace your Extinguisher

Consumers can immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work property in a fire emergency.

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Here’s how self-driving cars are already impacting cities and towns

This aptly named article, authored by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Kenny Smith, highlights some of the unique considerations cities and towns should be taking into account now regarding the autonomous vehicles that will be on the roads in our communities in the future.  Read the article here , which was published on PropertyCasualty360.com.

Cyber Risk Claims: An Inside View

As the interest in cyber insurance products escalates, getting a clearer view of claims trends is critical. NetDiligence, a cyber risk assessment and data breach services company, recently published a comprehensive analysis of reported data breach and other cyber event losses. Titled, 2016 Cyber Claims Study, the report was sponsored by OneBeacon Technology among others. Topics include the types of data exposed, causes of loss, business sectors involved, sizes of affected organizations, insider involvement, and third-party involvement. New analyses include:

  • Cloud involvement
  • Cyber extortion/Ransomware
  • Phishing
  • Phishing and wire transfer fraud
  • POS-related/common point of purchase/CPP investigations

Additionally, the costs associated with crisis and recovery services (e.g., forensics, notification, credit/ID monitoring, legal counsel and miscellaneous other), legal damages (defense and settlement), regulatory action (defense and settlement) and PCI fines are highlighted.

We invite you to download this whitepaper and to review our technology and life science library of whitepapers, visit our website resource library.

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Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Entities Must Comply

More than 55 million people in America have physical or mental disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law to help protect this population and ensure they receive the same rights as everyone else.

This law was especially important for the public sector because it provided guidelines to ensure no program, service or activity discriminates against or excludes anyone based on disability.

Read the rest of this insightful, OneBeacon Government Risks article featured on Independent Agent and authored by OBGR’s Bradley York.

Pokemon GO: Fun For Some; Risks for Others

The game’s the thing this summer and that game is, of course, Pokémon GO. With anything new, emerging risks and exposures must be considered. OneBeacon Technology Insurance’s Lloyd Takata was among several technology insurance specialists quoted in Carrier Management’s  article on the game’s potential risks and exposures. We invite you to read and learn more!

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What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones

Have you spotted any drones flying around your community yet?  As the commercial use of drones increases, so do the risks and implications for public entities.

Learn more about how communities are using drones, the latest FAA regulations and the insurance implications your clients need to know about in this recent Independent Agent article,” What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones,” authored by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Bradley York.

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Managing Your Boiler’s Thirst: Safety Tips from OneBeacon Technolgy

Ensuring sufficient process heat and steam for your operation relies on properly caring for your facility’s boiler. Besides cleaning and safety inspections, simply ensuring proper water levels will minimize service disruptions. We are pleased to share our latest safety tips titled “Maintenance and Water Treatment for Your Process Boiler” authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler.

These safety tips outline actionable steps for maintaining proper water levels and includes a brief Q&A on boiler operations.

For additional safety tips and risk management whitepapers, please visit our online library.

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OneBeacon Government Risks Exhibits at the Georgia PRIMA Conference

OneBeacon Government Risks (OBGR) is exhibiting at the 2016 Georgia PRIMA Conference on April 18-20,  at The Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA.

If you are at the conference too, stop by the OBGR exhibit booth and see Dave Byrom, AVP Business Development, Julie Frisbey-Decker, Risk Control Field Consultant, and Mary Vasquez, Senior Underwriter, to learn more about the products and coverage we offer to public entities.

For updates from the conference, follow OneBeacon Government Risks on Twitter @OneBeaconGov .

Have a Policy in Place for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, an ideal time to remind employees about the risks involved with shifting your focus behind the wheel. From texting to inputting directions on a GPS, the temptation to multitask while driving is all around us. And when we lose our focus, even momentarily, it is difficult to operate a vehicle safely, reasonably and responsibly.

If an employee is involved in an accident while distracted, the employer may be held liable for injuries or damages. The good news is that distracted driving is preventable. This article by OneBeacon Financial Services President Craig Collins outlines preventative measures and policies employers can implement to help protect their company, its employees and everyone else on the road.