Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Partners with Auto-Out for Fire Prevention

The insurer is offering product discounts to eligible policyholders with apartments, residential condominiums, or townhouses when Auto-Out fire suppressors are installed in all units.

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies, a Wilkes-Barre, Pa-based provider of homeowners and renters insurance, as well as other personal and commercial lines products, has partnered with Auto-Out (Fort Worth, Texas) to offer discounts to eligible policyholders using the company’s fire-suppression devices.

Sy Foguel, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies.

The devices are intended to mitigate the risk of domestic fires, which the National Fire Protection Association reports occur every 88 seconds, with cooking is the leading cause. The Insurance Journal states that fire-related claims are also the most expensive.

Auto-Out Venthood is a stovetop fire suppressor that works automatically upon flame-activation. Sold in a pair, the devices attach with a magnet to the underside of the range hood, positioned above the burners. Upon flame-activation from a grease fire Auto-Out automatically opens, releasing a safe and environmentally-friendly powder that smothers the flames. By helping to prevent grease fires from spreading past the cooktop, Auto-Out can keep disastrous fires at bay, according to the vendor.

Protecting Assets and Residents

“We know that protecting your assets and residents is critical,” comments Sy Foguel, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies. “That’s why we have partnered with Auto-Out cooktop fire suppressors offering product discounts to eligible policyholders with apartments, residential condominiums, or townhouses when Auto-Out fire suppressors are installed in all units.”

Auto-Out reports that its devices currently installed in over one million residences nationwide ranging from single to multi-family housing.  Property owners using Auto-Out have reported improved claims records, resident relations, and profitability.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at [email protected]r.com or (503) 936-2803.

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