Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Reflection on the Back Bay Fire Tragedy with an Important Message from the PPS Front Office

You Just Never Know: Fire Safety & Insurance Coverage to Top Your Checklist

Sometimes in our daily routines, we may lack deductive reasoning for possible causes of destruction in our homes. Or It could be natural disaster, totally out of our control from the start of the demolition. The Back Bay area of Boston received just that on Wednesday,  March 26th, with an inferno that blazed its path from the basement through the apex of the brownstone at 298 Beacon Street.

We previously reviewed “what-if” scenarios in our previous article Need For Fire Safety listed on the Premier Property Solutions blog, and where to start for fire prevention awareness. The causes for the fire in the Back Bay are still being investigated by authorities, but the what-if’s that became into a reality in this case also stem from that day's high winds  and the burnt building without a sprinkler system. According to the Boston Globe report, the attorney for the executor of the estate that owns the building stated the building was in good repair. But apparently, the building was old in its age and type that it did not require to have a sprinkler system installed.

When it comes to fires, always make sure you are covered and know the terms of your  insurance policy for your property if you are a tenant or owner of the building.  If you survive the ordeal, it is a privilege to be able to see your belongings again after a fire occurs. Please refer to our article Condo Insurance Explained

Premier Property Solutions Fire Prevention Message Alert

Make sure to review the Boston Fire Department's fire prevention safety guide, and the Premier Property Solutions Home Safety Checklist. Here is a message from the Premier Property Solutions front office management in light of the recent tragedy:

Dear Residents,

The fire that occurred at 298 Beacon Street which resulted in the loss of life for two firefighters is a tragic reminder of the importance of fire safety and fire prevention.

Fire prevention is a serious matter that affects all of us. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire; sometimes planning ahead is your best defense.

Premier Property Solutions urges you to review the attached Fire Prevention Handout and Home Safety Checklist with your family or roommates.
  • Boston Fire Department Safety Information here
  • Premier Property Solutions Home Safety Checklist here
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors twice a year.
  • Never take a building alarm for granted - always assume there is a real fire and exit immediately.
  • In the event of a life threatening emergency Call 9-1-1 first, then management.
  • For additional information please contact your local Fire Department.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact your building manager to discuss available fire prevention resources. Premier Property Solutions contracts with numerous fire code engineers and life safety professionals throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Thank you for allowing Premier Property Solutions to continue to serve your community.

Laura M. Cardoos

Vice President | Premier Property Solutions, LLC

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