Goldfish bowls cause fires! | Wilson Organisation


January 15, 2016

Goldfish bowls cause fires!

Goldfish bowls cause fires!

Homeowners are all too aware of the issues that may lead to a home insurance claim in the winter, such as burst pipes and flooding. But did you know the low winter sun can cause real problems too?

Insurers have dealt with a number of claims caused by the sun’s rays – which have had devastating effects for homeowners and their families.  When the sun shines through a home’s windows it can be magnified by glass objects such as crystal ornaments, vases and mirrors, and cause material furnishings and clothes to catch fire. Even your goldfish bowl could be the cause of your home catching light.

Here are a few things we think you should be aware of:

  • It’s best to keep glass, and anything that could concentrate the sun’s rays, out of direct sunlight and away from window sills – this applies at any time of year, but particularly when the sun is low in the sky.  That includes vases, crystal ornaments, jars, bottles, and mirrors – and your goldfish bowl!
  • Many people have their dressing table in the bedroom window with a vanity mirror on it. It might seem harmless enough but there have been devastating, total loss house fires caused by furniture being arranged like this
  • Make sure smoke alarms are fitted on every floor of your home, and if it’s a larger house having a smoke alarm on every floor is advisable
  • Just having a smoke alarm is not enough, you need to check them monthly to ensure the batteries aren’t flat – or they haven’t been ‘borrowed’ to power something else

For help and information on home insurance, contact Ros Urbanowicz

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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