Our claims data for 2014 and 2015 shows that laundry rooms are a key cause of fire-related incidents. Containing both heat-emitting electrical machinery and fuel for fire, in the form of linens, laundry rooms are the ideal environment for an accidental fire.
Helen Bernabe from Towergate’s care division, said:
“Towergate claims data shows that 20% of fire claims for care homes over 2014 and 2015 originated from a laundry room and in 2015, laundry room fires caused £260,000 worth of damage. Many laundry room fires could be avoided through basic maintenance of machinery and ensuring that staff are well versed in fire precautions.”
As specialist insurance brokers to the care industry, we have put together fire safety tips specifically around laundry rooms in care homes.