Damages caused by fire incidents are massively destructive. They can result in massive property damages such as homes and personal effects and even loss of lives. Apart from taking the necessary precautions to prevent fire incidents, you should include another essential safety measure for your properties and possessions: fire insurance.
Obtaining fire insurance in the Philippines should be from reputable insurance companies. Policies should also have comprehensive coverage for sustained damages/loss from hazardous situations and calamities such as typhoons/floods, earthquake fire/shock, explosion, and smoke damage.
Before going into the common causes of kitchen fires and how to prevent them, let’s find out more about the recent Philippine statistics on fire incidents.
Overview of fire incidents in the Philippines
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported a total of 77,724 fire incidents from 2013 to 2017, an average of 42 fires a day. Within this five-year period, property damage reached P23.273 billion and recorded 1,257 deaths with 4,239 injured persons. Most fire occurrences in the year 2020 took place in residential districts, industrial and commercial buildings.
BFP spokesperson Supt. Annalee Carbajal-Atienza said some of the main causes of fire incidents last year were open flame, electrical connection, unattended cooking, and lighted candles, and improper disposal of lighted cigarette butts.
Cooking in a very high setting
Cooking at an extremely high temperature will not only burn your food but set it ablaze. Properly cooking your food will require a set cooking temperature, so make sure you stick to it. If you’re hungry, turning up the heat will not cook your food entirely and is also highly dangerous. Be patient when cooking to avoid food combustion that’s largely responsible for kitchen fires.
Placing flammable materials near cooking stove
Your cooking stove may seem harmless unused. But once you ignite it, anything nearby has a high risk of catching fire due to the open flames. Kitchens usually are filled with flammable objects such as countertop rags, napkins, oven mitts, wooden utensils, etc. To prevent a kitchen fire, safely store these items in cabinets and avoid placing any object around your cooking stove.
Faulty kitchen appliances and electrical overload
Damaged appliances can cause electrical sparks that can trigger fires. Make it a habit to have your old electrical kitchen equipment regularly checked by professionals. Another common cause is electrical short circuits. Prevent overloaded circuits by carefully inspecting your wiring in the kitchen and set up dedicated circuits for large appliances like refrigerators and electric ranges.
Never leave an open gas stove unattended. This is one of the leading causes of fires that can immediately consume the entire house. Whenever you’re cooking, make sure that you are in the kitchen vicinity to check on what’s happening continuously.
Preventive measures are imperative to keeping your house and other properties safe from fire’s destructive force. Also, take into account how beneficial fire insurance can be when the inevitable does happen. Learn more about insurance policy coverage and more from one of the leading non-life insurance companies in the Philippines.