Fire-related accidents are in the headlines ever so often. In a recent incident, a fire led to the death of six people and severely damaged the building of Excel Greentech, Noida.
Owning a business, one is always susceptible to risks. A fire eruption doesn’t only cause massive financial damage, but it is also really daunting to deal with the aftermath. Here’s why having Fire Insurance is a wise decision.
Insurance that offers protection of your property against fire-related damages is called ‘Fire Insurance’. However, this insurance is completely different from property insurance where the inclusion list includes the expenses incurred during reconstruction, repair or replacement of not only the insured property, but also nearby affected structures if any. Other coverages include damage to the personal property other than the insured and expenses of those who are affected due to the property damage.
Scope of Fire Insurance: Case
After serving seven years in the corporate sector, Malini started her own fashion house, with a manpower of 25. Soon after her business picking up its pace, a sudden incident left her shell-shocked. A fire erupted at her neighbourhood shop and half of the property was damaged, incurring huge financial damages. The shop owner hadn’t insured his property, hence had to bear the entire loss by himself.
Malini, taking a lesson from this event, decided to purchase fire insurance to protect her fashion house from any unforeseen events like this. Initially, finance was a constraint for her and she had to purchase old machinery and furniture. Being skeptical about whether her fire insurance covers these expenses or not, she contacted the insurer. She breathed a sigh of relief when the insurer confirmed that the scope of fire insurance covers old machinery and furniture as well.
As the policy covers a wide range of perils, it is termed as Standard Fire and Special Perils Policy as well. The inclusion list covers
|S.No.||Fire Insurance: Inclusion|
|1||Fire: The policy offers coverage for any damage caused owing to the fire. However, damage caused by natural heating, own fermentation or spontaneous burning are excluded.|
|2||Lightning: Damages caused by lightning is covered. If lightning cause fire, or other damages like cracks in the building or roof area, it will be covered by fire insurance.|
|3||Explosion: Fire damage caused by an explosion is covered by this policy.|
|4||Aircraft Damage: Fire and any other damage caused by aircraft or other airborne devices, damage due to articles dropped by an aircraft is covered by fire insurance policy.|
|5||Terrorist Activity, Riot Strike: If the insured property is damaged due to a strike, riot or any terrorist activity, the loss is covered by fire insurance.|
|6||Natural Disasters: Apart from the above, this policy also includes damages owing to natural disasters including storm, cyclone, typhoon, tornado, flood. The hazardous situation and consequences of a natural disaster are covered by fire insurance.|
|7||Landslide/Rockslide: Your insurer will offer protection under fire insurance for the destruction caused to your property to a notable or even a small part of the site where the property exists by rockslide/landslide.|
|8||Bursting of water/overflowing of Water Tank: If your property is damaged due to the bursting of water or overflowing of the water tank, the policy covers the damage.|
|9||Bush Fire: At the time you set fire to overgrown plants and bushes, the possibility is where you end up damaging the property. Fret not! The fire insurance policy that you own covers you for this as well. However, the policy wouldn’t cover the destruction due to the forest fire.|
|S.No||Fire Insurance: Exclusions|
|1||No damage due to nuclear perils, nuclear waste or radioactivity are covered|
|2||Loss or damage to any electrical machines, excessive pressure, short circuit, leakage of electricity, arcing, apparatus etc. are not included|
|3||Loss or damage due to theft or expense incurred directly or indirectly caused by any kind of terrorist activity are not covered by the policy.|
|4||Damage due to war, invasion, civil war, commotion, mutiny warlike situations are always excluded.|
|5||Damage or loss to the stock due to change in temperature; loss or damage directly or indirectly by some of the natural disasters like earthquake, volcano etc. are in the exclusion list as well.|
|6||Loss of earning, loss of delay or market loss, consequential loss are not covered by fire insurance.|
On payment of an additional premium, the insured can be entitled to below add-on coverage:
Sum insured is the most important aspect of an insurance policy. One has to be very careful at the time of choosing a sum insured. Fire insurance is no exception!
Sum insured for fire insurance is being decided by keeping a few things in mind such as:
Below are the common documents for all claims related to fire insurance:
Regardless of the precautions or the use of latest technology, your business is vulnerable to risks! Don’t ignore the possibilities because, after all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What are you waiting for? Buy fire insurance today!
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