Practice fire safety at home: NFA
April 21, 2019 3:29 pm
The public is advised to practice fire safety this Easter weekend.
The call comes from the National Fire Authority after recent fires raised concerns on the practice of fire safety in homes.
NFA is also urging parents and guardians to take care of their children and homes especially during the Term One school holiday that’s underway.
The Authority is also advising people to take extra precautions while in the kitchen or cooking.
Acting Chief Fire Officer, Waisea Mateiwai says some important fire safety tips can be practiced while using electrical appliances, matches, fire ignition sources, candles and mosquito coil to avoid unnecessary fires.
He says fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and simple fire safety precautions should be strictly adhered to at all times to avoid unnecessary fire related damage to property.
Kitchen Fire Safety tips
• Never leave cooking unattended. Stay in the kitchen when cooking till it is done.
• Keep stoves and grills free from grease and fat build up.
• Keep stoves and toasters away from towels and curtains
• Keep children away from cooking areas
• While cooking outdoor, keep firewood neatly stacked away from fire place
• Never underestimate firewood embers. Put them out completely after use. It only takes a slight breeze to fan it alight.
• Parents/ guardians must ensure to supervise their children and keep matches and lighters out of their reach.