With the high heat and humidity that summer brings, the risk of fire-related disasters grows higher. A leading insurance company shares these steps on how to avoid fire accidents at home.
Be alert when cooking
Leaving cooking unattended is the number one cause of fire in the household. When using a stove or other cooking equipment, it’s vital to keep an eye on whatever’s cooking and stay alert. Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top, this includes mittens, towels, plastic or wooden utensils, and food packaging.
Use electronic devices wisely
Plugged and powered electronic devices may cause fire. Turn off and unplug electronic devices when not in use to prevent a power surge or overheating. Do not overcrowd electrical outlets or extension sockets to prevent overheating.
Do not smoke inside the house
Not only is smoking hazardous to health, cigarettes, pipes, and cigars are flammable materials. Those who have to smoke are advised to do it outside to prevent flammable materials from touching items that can catch fire. Make sure cigarette butts and ashes are completely out, or douse them with water before throwing them away.
Invest in a fire extinguisher and smoke alarms
Taking precautionary measures can save everyone’s life. Keeping a fire extinguisher at home and installing smoke alarms can help provide early warning and prevent small fires from becoming disastrous.
Keep your home protected
Calamities like earthquakes, floods, and even fire are difficult to control and can destroy homes. Protect property with Axa’s Home Security, a comprehensive insurance package for home that provides coverage against fire and lightning and acts of nature (earthquake, typhoon, floods). Added coverage includes rental and relocation expense, personal liability insurance, and personal accident insurance for the policyholder, their spouse and children.