This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Insurance companies are inspecting fire prone homes and may be requiring consumers to take steps to protect their homes. Some consumer groups and consumers are upset.
This is a pretty straightforward issue. Insurance companies are in the business of managing risk. For once, insurance companies have decided to provide a pro-active solution to a problem. They are providing risk management services at no cost to the consumer. I don’t really have a problem with that.
Look, no one wants to suffer a loss from a fire. It is devastating, if you are insured or not. You lose things that you can never replace. If the insurance company wants to help you prevent that type of loss, why would you be upset? Sure, it may mean clearing brush or knocking down trees, but I would rather spend a day clearing brush than months trying to rebuild my life after a fire. And this comes from someone who has seen the devastation of fires.
I think the consumer groups need to back off. Yes, insurance companies are making record profits. But this is a good thing. Let the insurance companies provide this service to consumers.