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Fire warning for Diwali

By FONUA TALEI The Fiji Police Force is concerned with the recent increase in the number of reported fire incidents as Diwali draws near. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said 10
29 Oct 2012 13:13

By FONUA TALEI

The Fiji Police Force is concerned with the recent increase in the number of reported fire incidents as Diwali draws near.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said 10 structural home fires were reported this month alone, with two reported fires for business premises.
She said a number of fires reported this month resulted from unattended cooking and unsupervised children left to play with fire ignition sources.
“As we near the Diwali celebrations with the use of firecrackers expected to be high, there needs to be closer supervision of their use because it could result in the unnecessary loss of property and lives,” Ms Naisoro said.
“We are anticipating the use of candles, firecrackers and diyas for decorative use and we are encouraging people to enlist the services of a qualified electricians to help put up their lights as a safety precaution.
“Children using firecrackers should be closely monitored at all times. Firecrackers should be used in a well-spaced area and not exposed to other flammable substances. On the same note firecrackers should be stored well away from children who might be tempted to use them without supervision.”
She said the National Fire Authority (NFA) continued to stress the need for every family member to know about fire safety.
“As stressed by the NFA, it is imperative that every member of the family was made aware of what to do in an emergency and to ensure there is an evacuation plan in place. People have been made homeless with hundreds and thousands of dollars lost through fires that could have easily been avoided if attention was paid to even the tiniest of situations that could be a fire hazard.”




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