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Authority reiterates call

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE National Fire Authority has reiterated its call on home and property owners to consider investing in and installing some fire safety equipment.

It says such equipment can be fire extinguishers, fire blankets and smoke detectors or alarms.

NFA's chief executive officer John O'Connor said the smoke detector was an important fire safety equipment which people could install in their homes.

"Smoke detector (alarm) detects the presence of smoke and immediately raises alarm for early alertness before the fire breaks out," he said.

"Smoke alarms are easy to install and can be purchased from fire agents and other electrical and electronic equipment distributors."

Mr O'Connor said everyone used fire ignition sources in their respective homes and as such, the risk of a fire starting existed in all homes.

He said people should never assume that a fire could not happen in their homes but instead accept that it can happen and they are always careful.

"As home and property owners, we have the responsibility to ensure the safety of our family members and likewise that of our property.

"We cannot delegate this responsibility and accountability to anyone else and must take this responsibility and accountability seriously," said Mr O'Connor.

The NFA is urging people to contact their respective fire stations for advice before they make a decision to purchase the smoke alarm.