60 fires in Ras Al Khaimah this year so far

Many fires resulted from residents’ failure to shut LPG cylinders’ safety valve off before going to sleep. Some fires were caused from censers used in bedrooms.



By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:20 PM

Ras Al Khaimah — The Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence has blamed the sweltering temperature, poor maintenance and improper storage of flammable materials for majority of the over 60 fires reported in the emirate this year that killed two persons.

Colonel Juma Obaid Al Kibali, Head of Operations at the RAK Civil Defence, said most of the fires broke out in residential buildings with 17 cases, followed by fires at commercial institutions with 10 cases.

Many fires resulted from residents’ failure to shut LPG cylinders’ safety valve off before going to sleep. Some fires were caused from censers used in bedrooms.

Official records show that 250 fires were reported in 2014, in which 11 people received burns. According to Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, Director of the RAK Civil Defence Department, in 2013, 323 fires were reported in which six people were killed and 35 injured.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


Safety Tips

Carry out maintenance of electrical appliances at home regularly

Electrical circuit overload is caused mainly due to using electrical devices beyond the capacity of a power transmitter

Turning on air conditioners for a long time during the sweltering summer months keeps the power transmitter on for a long time as well, which leads to fires

Keep LPG cylinders away from direct sunlight and ignition sources

Fires that spread due to solid items like wood, paper and cloth can be brought under control with pressurised water

Fires caused due to electric sparks can be put out with carbon dioxide

Fires that spread due to liquid items like petrol can be brought under control with foam or powder

Blaze caused by gas can be put out with dry powder

(As told by First-Lieutenant Abdul Rahman Ahmed Al Mazmi, a prevention and safety engineer with the RAK Civil Defence)


 



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