Opinion

Let’s Take Fire Risks Seriously, Or Be Sorry Later

House fires have increased at an alarming rate. Despite a constant campaign by the National Fire Authority, fires continue to rise. The latest was a fire in Votualevu, Nadi, on
05 May 2016 15:50
Let’s Take Fire Risks Seriously, Or Be Sorry Later
House Fire

House fires have increased at an alarming rate. Despite a constant campaign by the National Fire Authority, fires continue to rise. The latest was a fire in Votualevu, Nadi, on Tuesday.

Three families were left homeless after fire destroyed a double-storey block of flats.

Fortunately, none of the occupants were injured.

One has lived there for more than 20 years. It is not known how the fire started except that it came from the middle flat.

It’s not common to find arson as the cause of the fire. Arson means someone with ulterior motives had deliberately lit the fire. In most cases it’s caused by carelessness and refusal to follow the safety tips issued by the NFA.

When a burning anti-mosquito coil is left beside a window with long curtains or other inflammable material, it is asking for trouble.

One of the common causes is electrical faults. Exposed electrical wiring is a candidate for causing fires.

To start off with, all electrical wiring should be done by registered qualified and experienced electricians. This will minimise the risks of electrical accidents.

Regular checks or maintenance are needed to keep the electrical system safe.

Switches to power points not in use should be turned off especially at night when people go to sleep.

Naked flames produced by lamps and firewood used in cooking or heating must also be closely monitored for their fire risks.

Smoke and fire alarms should be a compulsory requirement in every home. They constitute an early warning system that could prevent bigger damage to property and even loss of lives.

Buildings must be regularly maintained to protect the electrical fittings in them.

All the other safety precaution tips are just common sense. It is time we wake up to this fire threat.

The next fire could be fatal and you could be the victim.

Police commended for
significant breakthrough

Police under the direction of Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho must be commended for moving swiftly to pull out a car that mysteriously disappeared with the Kumar family 10 years ago.

The salvage operation in the Navua River was only delayed by adverse weather conditions.

The car now on dry land will help Police piece together what might have happened that fateful night.

Bones have been found in the car and no doubt forensic tests would be carried out to determine who they belonged to.

This is a significant breakthrough in the Police hunt to solve this mystery.

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI

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