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Recent Residential Fires A Great Concern For NFA

Check and ensure that all fire safety measures are ob­served in homes. This was the gist of National Fire Authority (NFA) chief executive officer Puamau Sowane message to all Fijians after a number of residential fires had risen recently
18 Sep 2022 10:00
Recent Residential Fires A Great Concern For NFA
Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire at Nadonumai, Lami, on September 14, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Check and ensure that all fire safety measures are ob­served in homes.

This was the gist of National Fire Authority (NFA) chief executive officer Puamau Sowane message to all Fijians after a number of residential fires had risen recently.

He said it was a great concern for the authority.

The advice comes after a fire at Nadonumai in Lami claimed the life of a six-month-old baby boy.

Mr Sowane added that the au­thority would conduct its inves­tigations to determine the cause of the fire and circumstances sur­rounding the fire victim.

“Every life and property matters, and everyone has a role to play to ensure that our properties and homes are fire safe,” he said.

Mr. Sowane said it was sad to see that in most cases; the causes of fires were purely caused by neg­ligence which could have easily been avoided.

Statistics

“The death of the six-months-old baby has increased the number of fire victims to five in the span of nine months for 2022 compared to six for 12 months in 2020. The structural fire statistic is an indi­cation of social behavior of any particular community towards fire safety,” he said.

“Fire accidents do happen, but it can be avoided if individuals champion and advocate fire safety and understand the devastating impact that it can cause.

“According to statistics recorded by NFA since January this year to date, a span of over nine months and two weeks, a total of 92 struc­tural fire incidents have been re­corded compared to over 80 struc­tural fire incidents in the same period last year.

“Of the 92 fire incidents record­ed, eight fire incidents alone were recorded in the first two weeks of September.”

He said it was time to take own­ership of our properties and the lives of our families by doing right the thing

“Identifying hazards that could start a fire in your home or ensur­ing that all precautionary meas­ures are taken to prevent a fire from happening is the best action everyone can take,” he said

“NFA urges all Fijians to be alert of their surroundings and imme­diately call the toll-free fire emer­gency number 910 if they see any suspicious smoke or fire before at­tempting to put it out, so that fire­fighters can respond in the quick­est time possible.”

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