Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 2:05 AM on Friday 22 August

/ Front page / News

Assume at your peril

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, February 14, 2013

NEVER assume that a fire incident cannot happen to your property because assumptions bring complacency and carelessness, says the National Fire Authority.

The advice follows the latest fire incident which destroyed a bure and its contents at Naboutolu Village earlier this week. The estimated damage is $2980.

Chief executive officer John O'Connor said there were 17 property and small house fires so far this year.

Most of these, he said resulted from unattended cooking, lit candles, mosquito coils, electrical causes and arson related fires.

"It is a great concern to NFA as these fire incidents could have been avoided if members of the community had taken a bit of extra care," Mr O'Connor said.

"It is very important that members of the community keep their kerosene stoves clean and properly put out after use.

"You must check and ensure that the entire wick is properly put out," he said.

"Some assume that fires will not happen in their homes but when it happens, only then do they realise the consequences of a fire.

"We must never assume that a fire will not happen to you. We all use fire sources at our homes and as such, the risk of a fire exists in all our homes."


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Robbery suspect dies in hospital
  2. Love, a new revelation
  3. Ratu Naiqama commences campaign
  4. 'Silenced church'
  5. 500 to 1
  6. Island runs dry
  7. Drivers listed for postal voting
  8. Heavens open amid praises
  9. Tots show a success
  10. No final stand on issue

Top Stories this Week

  1. He's out of polls Friday (15 Aug)
  2. The murder which shocked the nation Tuesday (19 Aug)
  3. Dad's final farewell Friday (15 Aug)
  4. Bag full of cash Monday (18 Aug)
  5. 12 go out Wednesday (20 Aug)
  6. Why the GCC Monday (18 Aug)
  7. State audit Tuesday (19 Aug)
  8. Inquiry into video Wednesday (20 Aug)
  9. Chaudhry files 42 nominations for election Tuesday (19 Aug)
  10. Police commissioner: Fiji posting a calling from God Friday (15 Aug)