According to the January to March 2018 fire statistics of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), 1,053 fire incidents have already been tallied in areas located in Metro Manila. Although 7.60% lower from the similar 2017 incident-timeline of 1,140, having more than a thousand incidents with damaging costs over 2 million pesos remain to be regrettable and alarming.
Whether with ashened properties or burned injuries, the mere occurrence of these accidents could have prevented with the proper knowledge and awareness of what causes fire.
For basic familiarity in order to equip oneself for immediate response in times of fire emergencies, here are 5 know-hows on the nature of fire and what can prevent it:
1. Neglected wirings
Having exposed wirings and carelessly leaving appliances open when not in use are the common roots of a fiery danger. From time to time, make sure to check and inspect broken cords or faulty outlets for breaks or corrosions.
2. Indoor smoking
Because smoking in public places are now regulated and prohibited, you might settle and take delight in taking your cigarette breaks at the comfort of your home. However, when left unattended or improperly disposed, your small cigarette can cause a big fire. Always have ashtrays for your cigarette butts to ensure that all are taken out completely. Or better yet, also for the benefit of your health, quit smoking altogether.
3. Unmanned cooking
Forgotten kitchen duties are also leading causes of house fires. Leaking gas pumps, or overlooked cooking can pose grave danger when not attended to immediately.
4. Unkempt storage of flammable liquids
Your home can severely burst ablaze when there are cluttered equipments and liquids inside the living space. When left unorganized, these liquids, may they be gasoline, aerosol cans, lighter fluids, or simply rubbing alcohol, can ignite flames.
5. Lit candles
A popular mosquito repellant, candles are usually left unattended overnight. As an evident hazard, untended candles become leading causes of midnight fires, flaring up while residents are asleep. It’s best to put out candles before sleeping, or making sure that all are cautiously and attentively watched.
In cases of unfortunate fire accidents, make sure your homes are guaranteed and accounted for. Getting coverage from an insurer you can trust is a way of protection and safekeeping for your properties. For your property insurance, check your coverage and get in touch with FGen at (02) 706 39 59.