By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Ongwediva town council is very concerned about the extent of damage caused by fire breakouts especially in informal settlements after it has recorded a total of 17 fire incidents since January up to date.
Jackson Muma, the public relations officer noted that the extended damage to properties are caused primarily by a delay in reporting fire incidents to Ongwediva Fire Brigade.
“Instead residents call their relatives and friends first before calling the Fire Brigade. This is a serious concern for the town council thus it is very important for the residents to report all fire incidences in their areas,” he said.
Muma further said that it is important to report fire incidents and related matters in order for the council to have statistics of the affected persons to have a report for insurance claims and to improve on good services according to data analysis. Most of the serious fire incidents reported to the town council are from multi vehicle accidents. “It is very important to know your emergency to assist yourself by calling the fire brigade early. It is very important to know your emergency to assist your neighbours, strangers who need the fire brigade for assistance and it is also very important to know your emergency number – the fire brigade can assist in the event of any accident,” he said.
According to the Fire Brigade most fires are caused by lack of thought or concentration, or by carelessness. Matches and lighters, candles, heating appliances and equipment such as electric blankets can all be lethal if not carefully monitored.
Many of the fire incidents are rife during winter seasons when people make fires to warm themselves and if they are left unattended, or a strong wind is blowing, these fires can easily get out of hand.
This is the first time that the town council has issued out statistics of fire incidents after years of no record keeping.
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