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    Shop Safety ....Two prominent artist woodworkers loose their shops

    After just having had the Chief Fire inspector round for a visit. Seeing these articles as a result of Fine Woodworking I thought highlighting it here would help us all keep shop safety front and center especially with winter and heating on the go right now.

    Here is a link to the article
    http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/...oid-shop-fires

    None of us it seeems are ever too wise to learn as far as this subject is concerned.

    Here is John Brookes that lost his shop in January.
    and the next one was Mark Levin ( the link for this was down ) he also lost his shop.

    Now John has an online fundraiser but i ask the question of the pros and semi pros out there that are part of the family, how many of you have insurance.

    John it says lots all including pieces of finished work.

    I got my smoke detector, two fire extinguishers and removed the chemicals from my shop.

    Whats your situation?
    cheers

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    My insurance covers me as long as it's only a hobby. I don't keep any flammables in the shop aside from carb cleaner and the like. I have a sealed metal can for finishing towels. Fire extinguisher is mounted right by the door.

    Four years ago, I had a close call in the summer months. I was cutting steel pipe for a lumber rack when my then-wife started screaming "fire!!" Those Peltors really work pretty well as i just barely heard her. Turned around and saw that the pool of gas around the line trimmer was aflame just about 3 feet below a stack of lumber. I won't get into who didn't tighten the gas cap on the line trimmer as that's not what this is about. But, the whole incident did make me more conscious of safety in the realm of fire prevention. The line trimmer did not survive.

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    I do not plan on storing fuel or solvents when I get my shop finished.

    As far as insurance goes, I have insurance on it now, but I checked a little while ago and "other structures" is currently limited to $17,000.00 on my policy. I will be upping that to about triple that value this week.

    Glad you got me thinking and checking into it.

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    Rob, I hate to move this in a different direction, but the donation thing has me questioning it. If this man was a pro, why should he not have the funds to rebuild? I know, starving artists and all. This just bugs me to no end. Oh, I have fell on hard times, lost everything, somebody give me a hand. Everybody is always looking for something.

    Take it with a grain of salt, please.

    Yes I practice safe shop. Yes I have a wood stove for heat. Worries me to death, the first few nights I fire it up.

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    I couldn't agree more Steve.
    I can't stand whining and hand wringing and the everyone feel sorry for me so give me something attitude.
    I feel bad for the guy but do like myself and many others have done. Pick yourself up and start over and don't expect others to give you a free ride.

    My shop is in the basement. I don't officially sell anything so I assume my homeowners policy would cover any mishaps. I do have a fire extinguisher and smoke detector down there. The only heat I have is from 2 holes I cut in the forced hot air duct work that heats the house. It only warms up when the upstairs calls for heat so it gets chilly but not too bad.
    Last edited by Bob Gibson; 02-04-2010 at 02:26 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Rob, I hate to move this in a different direction, but the donation thing has me questioning it. If this man was a pro, why should he not have the funds to rebuild? I know, starving artists and all. This just bugs me to no end. Oh, I have fell on hard times, lost everything, somebody give me a hand. Everybody is always looking for something.

    Take it with a grain of salt, please.

    Yes I practice safe shop. Yes I have a wood stove for heat. Worries me to death, the first few nights I fire it up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I couldn't agree more Steve.
    I can't stand whining and hand wringing and the everyone feel sorry for me so give me something attitude.
    I feel bad for the guy but do like myself and many others have done. Pick yourself up and start over and don't expect others to give you a free ride.

    Steve and Bob i could not agree more. My point of the post was more for a heads up to those who will check into making sure they safe and for those that are pros checking they have policies to ensure against accidents.

    I aint no insurance saleman, dang i hate the whole extortionist insurance industry (and my wife is a lifetime member of the brotherhood of insurance people) but its one of those things that get cut when times get tough and then you have scenes like this with asking for donations.

    Seems every time you look left and right there is someone with their hand out. I dont say we should not be charitable etc and care for our neighbor but they also have to act responsibly.

    I am sad for these guys but i have benefited tremendously by the constant posts here on safety and thought this would be an alarm bell for the over confident "it will never happen to me" kinda pro.

    David i am delighted that this post cause you to examine your policy. Ok now tell your insurance guy he has to send me a cut on his commission.
    cheers

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    This thread could quickly move into the political arena describing differences in governments for various countries.
    Inspectors from some countries, or even U.S. states, would have knippshin fits if they saw my shop. Gallons of acetone for stabilizing and about twenty pounds of black powder and another ten pounds of modern gunpowder. I live in the county where 'authorities, traditionally, and wisely, leave us alone.
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    Ah Frank, I have the same problem with the powder. I reload all my own. Local FD knows about it and it is on record with them.

    Back to the reason of the post. I checked my fire ext and it needs refilled or replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Ah Frank, I have the same problem with the powder. I reload all my own. Local FD knows about it and it is on record with them.

    Back to the reason of the post. I checked my fire ext and it needs refilled or replaced.
    My fire extinguishers are OK, I know that.
    Now....if I can only remember where I put them.....
    "Folks is funny critters."

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