Nick McWilliams reporting – Uhrichsville Fire Chief Justin Edwards wants to see city residents save on home insurance thanks to improved safety scores.

Near the end of last year, the Uhrichsville Fire Department received notice their International Organization for Standardization score had improved from a four to a three. The ISO score determines how well protected a community is with fire services, and the lower the score, the better.

Edwards said that recently, he’s been contacted about issues verifying the improved score.

“Coincidentally, two times this week, I have had emails and phone calls from residents or insurance agents. It seems that they are having some problems with their underwriters that they are not catching that the score has improved.”

The chief adds that an insurance underwriter also contacted him claiming that the address for coverage was outside Uhrichsville, despite it being within corporation limits.

He asked residents who are having problems verifying with their insurance providers that the score has improved to contact him.

“If the residents need anything from me, as far as a letter or a copy of the report that was sent, whatever they need to send off to their insurance agent to make sure that they are getting their fair deal with that improvement. Because they invested in the department and made the score possible, so they deserve to get the cheaper insurance.”

Edwards adds that the rates can be changed during renewal processes or if residents are shopping for new policies.

He said that one instance of savings under the new ISO rating resulted in a $300 reduction for a year for a homeowner.

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