Campaign helps reduce fire accidents in UAQ houses

UMM AL QUWAIN - There has been a significant decrease in cases of house fire in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) since the beginning of the year, compared to the same period last year.

By Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Thu 21 Apr 2011, 9:19 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:19 AM

Only three cases of fire were reported in houses across UAQ during the first three months of 2011 compared to more than eight in the year 2010, said Lt Col Khamis Ibrahim Bolsal, Chief of the UAQ Civil Defence Department.

The reduction has been attributed to the ongoing safety awareness campaigns among households across the emirate to orient and advise residents on fire prevention and safety. Lt Col Bolsal said that the nationwide campaign that started in December last year had increased safety awareness among the people. “The door-to door campaign has impressed the culture of safety and prevention among family members within their houses. Since we started the campaign four months ago, we have registered only three cases of fires in houses. Just a few properties were destroyed in these fires and no casualties have been reported,” he added.

According to the officer, the house fires reported this year were caused by electric short-circuits due to negligence on part of the families and poor standard of electric equipment.

He stressed that the campaign for domestic safety will continue through the next two months to cover all houses across the emirate and to ensure that all families are oriented on home safety and fire prevention.

Capt. Shoaib Abdullah bin Amir, Field Commander of the National Campaign for Families’Domestic Safety in UAQ, said that since the launch of the campaign, the department had carried out visits to nearly 3,500 houses across the emirate.

Five teams, comprising 31 officers, were formed to cover the entire emirate and are moving door-to-door on a daily basis, he noted.

“The officers educate people on fire safety and distribute safety guidelines brochures, posters and checklist, in English and Arabic languages, to each household. If noone is home, a bag containing the campaign material is left by the door,” said Abdullah.

The officers in the field are also examining the structural nature of different houses to ensure their safety through investigating the possibility of fire at these houses, and are suggesting ways of prevention.

Residents are asked to read the brochures in order to help them increase their knowledge about the likely causes of fire and ways of prevention.

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