According to the India Risk Survey 2018, fire is one of the major risks which pose a threat to lives in India. The first two risks are – information and cyber security and natural hazards. Let us try to understand why fire hazards have increased manifold in India and how grave the threat really is to Indian lives and property.
The Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India (ADSI) survey, 2015, revealed that around 17, 700 Indians died of accidental fire in that year. This means 48 people died per day in fire incidents due to lack of preparedness.
The ADSI survey also revealed that there has been a 100% rise in fire accidents in residential buildings over the past few years. There were 7,493 case of fire outbreaks in residential buildings as compared to 3,736 in 2014.
What further complicates the situation is lack of infrastructure to handle accidental fires. As per the figures quoted by the Ministry of home affairs in the Parliament recently, India needs 65% more fire stations than the current figure of over 3000.
In India, compliance to fire safety norms is not very stringent. The fire safety department’s approval is needed to get the occupancy certificate of a newly constructed building. After which, neither the building residents nor the fire department follows up on fire safety regulations. New rises are often seen flouting fire safety norms openly and the matter only ends up coming to light when there is a major fire accident. Media reports suggest that most high rises have a fire extinguisher in the name of safety. But there is no provision for fire escapes or any other alternative.
Substances used in fire-fighting to douse fire like water, foam, sand,etc., often destroy the property in the house. It becomes quite expensive for the homeowner to repair the home appliances like television, refrigerator, electrical fittings etc. One also needs to spend more money on buying and refurbishing damaged furniture and furnishings.
Such factors make a compelling case for financially securing your home and valuables. Start. Despite the urgent need for home insurance, the home insurance penetration rate is India is dismal, to say the least. A meagre 3% of Indian homes are insured. When compared to the penetration rate in foreign countries, the statistics are really jarring. Countries like UK, US, Australia, France and China boast of a home insurance penetration rate in the 90-97% range.
Home insurance really is the need of the hour. The best way to go about doing this is to buy a home insurance policy on Finserv MARKETS. The home insurance policy available on Finserv MARKETS secures your property and its contents against incidences of fire. If you experience an incident of fire in your home, the policy will provide you with the cost of reconstruction/repairs and compensate you adequately to make a fresh start.
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Availing the home insurance policy on Finserv MARKETS is a smooth, simple process and is completely hassle-free. You are required to provide minimum documentation and the claims settlement process takes a matter of minutes.
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