Summer alert: How to prevent fire at home
Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate has called upon public to adhere to regulations of installing fire extinguishers in homes as well as to follow safety procedures for prevention of fires during summer.
Captain Majid Abdullah Al Tamimi, Chief, Media and Public Relations Section, Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate, stressed the importance of ensuring that all electric switches and wiring are of good quality and efficiency. He advised public to avoid using faulty electrical materials for connecting electrical appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners and exhaust fans.
He explained the importance of ensuring houses are equipped with fire extinguishers for emergencies, and to be consistent in checking and maintaining the validity of the extinguisher.
The number of incidents of house fires has decreased, he said, both in general and in Abu Dhabi. “This could be attributed to the extensive awareness programmes and safety precautions that the Civil Defense General Directorate organizes,” he added.
Capt. Tamimi said most of the fires caused by car accidents result from negligence of owners and their failure in having fire extinguishers in vehicles.
“During the summer, high temperatures can cause the engine to become overheated and ignite. Other cases of fire have involved situations where fuel drops onto hot surfaces, such as the exhaust, causing a fire to erupt,” he explained.
He urged drivers to regularly service vehicles, equip them with fire extinguishers that meet approved specifications, check level and quality of vehicle oils, refill water levels, and prevent any leakage of fuel and oil.
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