Al Quoz sees most fires in Dubai; short circuit major cause


Al Quoz sees most fires in Dubai; short circuit major cause

Dubai - Most fires in high-rise buildings started in sauna, garbage or electricity rooms.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 30 Aug 2017, 7:01 PM

Last updated: Wed 30 Aug 2017, 8:01 PM

Did you know that most of the fires in Dubai were reported at 3pm? Or that June, July and August are the three months that see the maximum number of fires? All these and more were revealed during a dialogue session between the police, civil defence and private sector companies in Dubai on Tuesday.

Major-General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of the Dubai Civil Defence, revealed that in high-rise buildings, most of the fires started in either sauna, garbage or electricity rooms. In villas, most fires broke out in kitchens and bedrooms, he added.

Al Satwa, Karama and Al Qouz areas witnessed the most number of fires in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

In the last three years, short circuit was the biggest cause of fires, he said. Stray cigarette butts were among the biggest causes of fires, too.

According to Al Matroushi, the civil defence's average response time is six minutes. The entity is aiming to bring this down to four minutes by 2020. The ultimate aim is to reach a site within one minute after being alerted of a fire.

Currently, there are 16 civil defense stations in Dubai, and three new ones will be opened in Nad Al Shiba, Al Mizhar and an industrial area.

Automatic alarm systems

Al Matroushi praised the automatic alarm systems that are used in Dubai. "Our systems are highly advanced and works 24/7. The equipment and machinery used in Dubai are the latest the world."

Speaking about the joint dialogue session, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said: "This is the first of its kind discussion between Dubai's security services and private sector companies. And it's exploring fire prevention and control in the emirate between the public and private sectors, and extracting a set of joint outputs and initiatives to provide the world with the best model for crisis and disaster management. Our goal is to make Dubai the safest city in the world."

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