22% drop in fire mishaps in Ajman establishments Filed on January 10, 2021
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The Ajman Civil Defence has intensified "remote awareness programmes" through social media sites.

Fire accidents in Ajman establishments plummeted by 22 per cent last year as compared to 2019.

Brigadier Mohammad Ali Jumeirah Al Suwaidi, director of fire stations, said that the sustained efforts and strategic plans, including awareness campaigns, contributed significantly and tangibly to bring down the rate of fires in 2020.

He added that the Ajman Civil Defence has intensified "remote awareness programmes" through social media sites.

“The comprehensive plans and campaigns on preventive topics, ranging from instructions and advice directed to community members, helped check the fire incidents,” he pointed out.

The awareness cell of the department has played a huge role in educating the domestic helpers and housewives as well as labourers and workers in restaurants about the sources of danger and requirements for fire prevention.

"People were also educated about how to deal with electrical devices and maintaining them periodically, as well as following safety procedures in the kitchen." They were trained on how to use different types of fire extinguishers during an emergency, he said.

Brig Jumeirah called on the need to follow the instructions and advice of the civil defence in order to avoid accidents, and to be equipped with protection and safety supplies at home such as fire extinguishers.

He urged the owners of establishments and residential units to link their facilities to the 'Hassantak' smart alarm system which is directly linked to the operations room of the civil defence and not hesitate to call 997 or 999, in case of an emergency.

Afkar Abdullah

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