3 Main Causes of Fire Incidents in the Philippines and How to Prevent It

Fire accidents are not only a threat to your property but to your life as well. Even the littlest mistake can cause a person’s life. March is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, and Solane LPG, the country’s leading LPG brand, urges the public to be more vigilant and alert about keeping their loved ones safe and protected in their homes. So what causes fire accidents at home and how can you prevent them? Below are the three main causes of fire incidents in the Philippines. 

1. Faulty Wirings

Based on the recent report by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), fire incidents jumped by almost 13% compared to the same period last year, mostly because of faulty electrical wiring. Yes, a simple unorganized electrical wiring can cause a fire accident at home. It can be an overloaded electrical outlet, exposed wiring that needs fixing, improper connections, or something else. Always make sure that your electrical wirings at home are working properly to reduce the risks of fire hazards. You can contact an electrician to inspect your property. 


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2. Unattended Kitchen

Another cause of fire incidents is an unattended kitchen. A simple overcooking of your meal can cause open flames which can lead to a big fire. Always pay attention to what you are cooking. Leaving it unattended can cause fire accidents. Also, make sure that you turn off the gas main after cooking to avoid gas explosions.


3. Counterfeit LPG tanks

Since January of this year, there have already been numerous LPG-related fire incidents reported in different parts of the country, from Metro Manila and surrounding cities to provincial areas of Cebu and Bacolod. Mostly because of using counterfeit LPG tanks. Solane LPG has led 9 raids so far in different areas of the country from the beginning of the year to fight against dangerous, substandard, and illegal LPGs that may cause fires and explosions in unsuspecting households. To date, 124 counterfeit Solane tanks, along with marked money, transaction receipts, fake plastic seals and other items, have been confiscated in Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Cagayan, Sorsogon and Quirino. 


BFP constantly reminds consumers to buy authentic LPG tanks from authorized dealers to prevent explosions and fire-related incidents. While this may be tricky for some, Solane has made it easy for the public to be sure that their purchase is verified Solane with three simple markers: the weight, the markings and the valve of its tanks. 

How to identify authentic LPG tank from counterfeit?

Authentic filled LPG tanks’ weight corresponds to the total of its indicated tare weight and LPG content. To ensure such, Solane performs the ‘Timbang Challenge.’ Solane also ensures quality markings on its tanks, including the registered brand name and trademark of manufacturer, standard used and test dates, serial or code number, ‘Made in the Philippines’ mark, tare weight and LPG content, and expiry date. Lastly, genuine Solane LPG tanks come with a safety cap and seal with a serial number for verification Whether commercial or residential space, your life and property will always be at risk if products used are not properly checked or difficult to use.


“At Solane, fire prevention is a quality we uphold every single day, not just in March,” emphasized Valeri Villano, Marketing Manager. “There’s a lot of work that go into our tanks and into our products because we value the trust that customers place in our brand. They welcome us into their homes, and they are sure that we keep their homes, their businesses, and everyone safe at all times. The danger happens when customers choose the wrong product.”


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Moreover, Solane’s AS valve (de salpak) so has a snap-on auto-shutoff feature that brings human error down to a minimum.


“With everything that our customers have to deal with on a daily basis, we’ve made sure that our Solane tanks are always safe to use so it doesn’t have to add to the stress they experience everyday,” said Villano. “So much has changed in the past two years, including who goes into the kitchen and how often people use the kitchen. It’s our job to make sure that Solane remains easy to use any time of the day.”


These are just some of the main causes of fire incidents in the country. It’s very important that you stay vigilant and alert at all times. It’s also good if you have the contact details of the nearest fire station, so you can contact them immediately in case of an emergency. Participating in fire drills will also be helpful so you would know what to do in case a fire incident happens. By being aware will help you prevent the risks of fire incidents in your household.

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