BUILDINGS INSURANCE: WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FIRE

Thursday, March 5, 2015

 

South Africa has been gripped by the #CapeFires with homes destroyed, as well as a well-known hotel. Planned evacuations saw to it that there was no loss of human life, but what if you are caught unawares?

Reports indicate the fires to have cost the city of Cape Town an estimate of R3 million so far. “Those whose homes have been destroyed may be able to claim for the costs from their homeowners insurance, says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, “But there are also ways to minimise the damage to your property and also ensure that resultant losses such as theft are reduced.”

Here are some tips on what to do:

  • Ensure that you contact your insurer as soon as possible to notify them of the incident.
  • Do not move/remove damaged goods unless advised by approved authorities.
  • If you need to evacuate, ensure that you secure your property with protective measures such as a chain-linked fence or overnight security guard as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Be vigilant by visiting the property frequently and checking whether it has not been tampered with.

 

Property insurance usually provides benefits such as emergency services, alternative accommodation and security in case of fire damage to your property.

If you are a property owner, you are able to compare quotes from a range of SA property insurance providers by simply visiting Hippo.co.za. “8 out of 10 customers have saved an average of R348* per month on their car and home insurance,” says Wilson.

 

 

Established in 2007, hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance.

Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared.

 

For more information, visit us on www.hippo.co.za, connect with Hippo on LinkedIn, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and YouTube.

Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).

*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of Hippo.co.za in May 2014. Risk Profile Dependent.

 

References:
http://www.crisisoncall.co.za/index.php?page=article_keeping_safe_during_fire



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