Canadian ICMIF member Trillium Mutual Insurance Company has announced that it has partnered with PrevTech Innovations to reduce agricultural structure fires. Trillium has pre-purchased a number of PrevTech Smart Sensor units which will immediately be made available to any of their agri-business members who are invested in effective risk management. Trillium Mutual has also developed an industry unique incentive for its members who adopt the solution.
According to the Canadian Farm Builders Association, more than 40% of farm fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. Fire is one of the leading causes of loss to agricultural operations across Ontario, resulting in millions of dollars in damages every year.
PrevTech provides prevention and protection for agricultural operations and the company says the solution is simple to install and non-invasive. The unit continuously monitors the network for electrical and thermal anomalies and provides early warning of potential failures and preventative diagnostics. When a fault is detected, it simultaneously alerts the farmer, their electrician, and PrevTech’s team. The information can then be consulted through a simple user interface. PrevTech’s team will accompany the producer to assess criticality and discuss potential corrective measures.
“PrevTech has developed a proven solution that will allow our members to quickly identify and resolve minor issues before it becomes a serious problem. Fires on a farm can have devastating impacts beyond replacing a structure. This diagnostic tool, in addition to PrevTech’s expertise, will provide farmers with an extra set of eyes to help prevent this devastation and costly downtime. It is our aim to provide a solution that will be a valued asset for many farm operations across Ontario” said Tracy MacDonald, President & CEO of Trillium Mutual Insurance.
“We are excited by the launch of our partnership with Trillium. We have been working closely together through a diligent and successful pilot program. We are now looking forward to serving their members by providing a helping hand in keeping their electrical network safe and efficient. We are particularly pleased by the recognition of our service-based approach to prevention; a determining factor in reducing the risk of barn fires” said Pierre Andre Meunier, CEO of PrevTech.