THE National Fire Authority is calling on homeowners to invest in fire extinguishers following the marked increase in structural fires.
Official statistics show that in past five months, there were 34 structural fires compared to 29 in the corresponding period last year.
NFA chief executive John O’Connor said investing in appropriate fire protection equipment could help residents put out small fires.
“With the increasing number of fire incidents in our community, fire protection equipment at home will assist occupants put out small fires on their property,” he said.
NFA spokesman Ritesh Kumar said it was important to note that different classes could be used to put out different types of fires.
“Fire extinguishers are classified into four categories - Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D depending on the type of fire,” Mr Kumar said.
“Class A extinguishers are generally used for combustible solid substances such as plastics, paper and wood.
“Class B extinguishers are used for liquids that are easily flammable, such as kerosene, oil, gasoline etc.
“Class C extinguishers are used on electrical related fires while Class D extinguishers are used in chemical laboratories.”