Take measure against fire mishaps

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Take measure against fire mishaps

This year fire incidents unfortunately consumed many precious lives and destroyed property worth crores of rupees. Unfortunately also, the frequency increases during the winters. The public memory seems notoriously short and naturally, there is a shock when some people lose their dwelling and household properties, collected painstakingly for years, to the fire accident. There are numerous fire incidents that destroyed everything and even claimed precious lives in the past.

The incidence increases during winters and there is always negligence on part of people in ignoring among others overloading of the power wire or sockets, or through the use of faulty electrical appliances, electrical room heaters or electric blankets.

Many people tend to ignore safety measures and as such fail to incorporate fire safety measures during construction and installing fire extinguishers, at home and offices.

The burning issues brought to the fore during most fire incidents have remained more or less the same over the years, underscoring that smokescreens are put up to hide the poor standards of firefighting gear.

The Fire and Emergency Services department has analysed various fire incidents and identified the common causes,. Based on the analysis, a public sensitisation drive should be launched to make people observe the necessary safety measures The department should also provide inputs to the concerned so that such incidents can be stopped by observing certain rules about building houses, laying electric lines and using things like cooking and heating gas.

Also, the fire hydrants have vanished or are non-functional at most places. Not only this, the road obstructions are such that fire tenders seldom reach the spot on time causing considerable delays in extinguishing the blaze. The administration needs to put the focus on effective enforcement of the National Building Code and related laws which specify the demarcation of fire zones, restrictions on construction of buildings in each fire zone, classification of buildings based on occupancy, types of building construction according to fire resistance of the structural and non-structural components and other restrictions and requirements necessary to minimize dangers to life from fire, smoke, fumes or panic.

There is a need to be extra vigilant and take fire-mitigating measures which will help minimize loss, both on life and the property front.

 

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