During the pandemic period, you are certainly doing more activities at home. But, are you aware of the risk of fire in some of the activities you usually do at home? For example, when you are cooking, or using electronic devices that can generate heat such as a hairdryer or iron. Based on statistical data released by the DKI Jakarta Provincial Agency for Fire and Rescue Agency, electricity and stoves are the two most common causes of fires. Where, these two things are certainly found in every home. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent fires at home. 

  1. Keep lighters and flammable items away from children.
    Children have a great curiosity, which sometimes causes them to ignore possible dangers. Therefore, you should store lighters and flammable items such as gas torches, candles, and electronic equipment in a place that is not easily accessible to children.

     

  2. Do not leave the fire unattended.
    When cooking, using candles, or setting up aromatherapy, make sure you are at a distance where you can keep an eye on the fire at all times. This is so that you can find out immediately when a problem occurs or if the fire used is not as it should be. This way, you can deal with problems quickly and ensure the safety of your family and home.

     

  3. Be wise in using electronic devices.
    Do not get into the habit of using parallel power outlet because it is easy to cause short circuit. Likewise, turning on electronic equipment for a very long time. Excess electricity flowing through electronic devices can generate heat which has the potential to short circuit and start a fire. Immediately unplug the plug from the wall socket after you finish using electronic tools, especially high-powered ones. Also make sure that the socket and the cable are in a place that is difficult for children to reach.

     

  4. Keep flammable materials away from ignition sources.
    Avoid setting candles near curtains, or keeping piles of newspapers near stoves or power outlets. By keeping flammable objects away from the fire point, the fire is not easy to catch and will get bigger if a fire occurs. Therefore, make sure that there are no flammable objects near the fire, such as when you are cooking or lighting candles.

     

  5. Check the feasibility of the house’s electrical wiring periodically.
    Periodically check the sockets, cables, and power plugs, and pay attention to any parts that are not working. Make sure there are no torn or damaged cables due to wear or being bitten by mice. Because a torn cable can cause a short circuit which often triggers a fire. Don’t forget to make sure your personal safety when checking the electricity.

     

  6. Check and make sure there are no leaks in the gas cylinder.
    Try to keep the position of the stove and gas cylinder separated by a wall, so that there is no direct contact between the gas cylinder and the fire. In addition, the kitchen also needs to have ventilation with good air circulation. This is so that when a gas leak occurs, it can be detected immediately, and there is no buildup that is prone to causing explosions and triggering fires

Have a fire protection device at home 

In addition to taking various preventive measures, you can also complete the protection of your home from the risk of fire. This is so that the house is safer, and the family is calmer to live and do activities at home. Fires at home can not only cause damage to the house, but can also have an impact on other assets, such as securities or vehicles at home. Here are some things you need to have to complete the protection of your home from the risk of fire. 

  1. Provide a Portable  Fire Extinguisher (APAR)
    Although the house is not a commercial building, it is important to have an adequate fire prevention system in place. Provide a fire extinguisher in the room or area most at risk of starting a fire, for example in the kitchen.

     

  2. Install the smoke detector.
    There is no smoke, if there is no fire. Therefore, smoke that can be detected early can save you, your family and your home from the risk of fire. Smoke detectors also need to be checked regularly to keep them functioning properly to prevent fires.

     

  3. Prepare a safe or safety box
    Store valuables and important documents in a safe or safety box. Choose a safe with a good locking system and made of water and fire resistant materials that can last a long time. When the risk of fire is unavoidable, losses can be minimized.

  4. Insure your home.
    A house is one of the most valuable assets that require protection from various risks. Therefore, insurance is one of the important aspects in completing protection from various risks. When you have taken prevention and protection measures, Home Insurance becomes an important aspect when the risk of fire is unavoidable. Thus, the house will be protected more optimally. You and your family can be more comfortable, safe, and calm during your activities at home.

To get more detailed information about the protection provided by ABDA Home Insurance, you can contact the 24-hour Call Center at (021) 280 90111 or WhatsApp Business at 0817-001-0022. You can also visit www.abdainsurance.co.id and fill in your personal data, to be contacted by our Marketing Team. Protect your family and valuable assets with ABDA Insurance. 

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