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Five fire deaths

Salaseini Vosamana
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FIVE children have died so far this year from property fires in the country.

And the National Fire Authority has called on parents and guardians to be more responsible and vigilant in a bid to ensure that children are not left unattended.

The authority received the latest report of two children who died in a fire on the island of Taveuni while sleeping without their parents early yesterday morning.

NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor said children's supervision was crucial at all times.

"Children must be supervised by an adult at all times," Mr O'Connor said.

"The death of the two children has increased the number of property fire deaths to 12, so far, this year, five of which are children ,

"We are once again reiterating the importance of taking fire safety seriously and changing our attitude towards fire safety," Mr O'Connor said.

He said the number of structural fire incidents so far this year stood at 79 compared to 99 last year from January to November.

"When leaving your home to visit your friends and families and even before retiring to bed, please ensure all unattended fires are put out in your homes," Mr O'Connor said.

"Members of the community have to be mindful of fire safety and ensure that proper measures are taken to minimise the number of fire incidences," he added.


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