THE NATIONAL Fire Authority this week confirmed it has attended to 22 property fires and small house fires so far this year.
Authority CEO John O'Connor said the major causes of fires reported this year were unattended cooking, suspected arson, candles, prayer diya, mosquito coils and electrical faults.
Mr O'Connor said NFA had vigorously started its fire safety awareness program.
"Each station is engaged in house to house awareness campaign," he said.
"Part of our strategies is to try and visit all schools, villages, settlements and around the country to educate people on fire prevention.
"We will also target all tikina and provincial meetings and participate in all major activities such as festivals and rugby games."
He said the NFA was on talkback shows on radio stations in all languages and also in the print media and television.
"We want members of the community to have access to fire safety information to make members of the community aware of the devastating effects of fires and their responsibilities and accountabilities which we hope will drive a change of attitude and mindset," he said.
He said for the Central and Eastern divisions, the NFA attended to 12 property fires, nine in west and one in the north.