Don’t let your operation go up in smoke
Whether you are an independent cultivator who distributes your product to dispensaries, or a retail outlet that grows your own product, you need to make sure that your insurance policy will fully cover your plants in the event of a total loss, especially if you grow at home.
A major threat to any cannabis grow operation is fire danger, and your personal homeowners policy most likely will not provide coverage for fire-related losses if you operate a business out of your residence. That is why it is essential to consult with a commercial insurance professional who specializes in cannabis and has a variety of carrier partners that can help protect your property and income.
Personal and commercial cannabis growers can help reduce the risk of fire by keeping many different control methods in place. Here are three ways you can lessen the risk of dealing with fire in your operation:
1. Keep your lighting and ventilation in check
Much of the indoor cannabis being grown today uses high intensity discharge lighting that can be classified as high-pressure sodium or metal halide lighting. The great thing about these types of lights is that they are cost effective, easy to operate and produce excellent yields.
These lights also create significant amounts of heat that if left unchecked can present a fire risk. Make sure your ventilation system is functioning properly. Keep any combustibles far away from touching hot lamp glass and replace damaged bulbs immediately.
2. Quality electrical work
Too many wires increases the risk of fire, and one of the biggest dangers for growing is overloading electrical circuits. Always use UL-approved power cords.
If you need to splice wires, invest in a high-quality connector. Fix the cables to blocks of wood that are attached to the walls and ceilings to prevent anyone from tripping over them.
Also, keep water from pooling near any electrical outlets in areas with excess humidity. Use a “drip loop” to prevent water from running down the cable when you water your plants.
3. Proper solvent extractions and workflow
Concentrates are produced using butane, a highly flammable solvent that evaporates from the mixture resulting in hash oil. Because butane is heavier than air, it sinks to the floor and can cause an explosion if household appliances such as stoves, light cables, or other machinery cause a spark.
If you have both extraction and cultivation functions, it is recommended to keep both operations in separate areas. Not only does this ensure safety, but it will help provide better workflow as workers will not need to transport trim for extraction through the cultivation facility.
Keeping these functions separate will also ensure compliance with licensing authorities as there will not be any confusion about which building matches the intended purpose.
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We work with entrepreneurs of all sizes who aim to scale their business by building infrastructure that reduces cost of risk and boosts profits. Using our technical expertise and team approach, we give you reliable advice based on many years of insurance experience while integrating payroll and human capital services to provide a comprehensive solution for your cannabis operation.
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Article by Kyle Hoffman
Kyle Hoffman helps cannabis companies implement risk management strategies that allow them to scale their business without sacrificing coverage. He consults with small to midsize cultivators and dispensaries on how to navigate the insurance market by putting together practical solutions that build confidence, drive revenue, and reduce total cost of risk.
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