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Caution for festive season

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

AS the festive season approaches, the National Fire Authority and the Fiji Police Force urge members of the public to be mindful of fire and water safety.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said parents should always be aware of their children's whereabouts.

"Especially when they live near a river, drain or even with a bucket of water lying around the house, always know where your children are because accidents can happen at any time," he said.

"We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, children especially so please be mindful of them and their safety.

"For those that go on picnics, make sure they are supervised at all times."

NFA CEO John O'Connor said this time of the year involved a lot of events and functions and such times a fire could easily start.

"As families look forward to celebrate Christmas and new year festivities, our advice to members of the community is to take extra care and be more vigilant to stop a fire from happening in your homes and businesses," Mr O'Connor said.

"It is also very important for homeowners and business owners to conduct a daily fire safety check of their homes and business to address any fire safety issues in their properties which can compromise safety of their property, their business and their family members."

He advised family members and business houses to discuss fire safety regularly.

Mr O'Connor said there were two separate house fire incidents in Labasa and Lautoka during the weekend which left four families homeless.

"Members of the community must ensure that they take extra care at home, especially, with regards to fire ignition sources.

"Fire ignition sources like candles, prayer diya, matches and mosquito coils should be placed in a safe position away from flammable materials and out of reach of children.

"Extinguish them before leaving the home or going to bed.

"Parents and guardians must also ensure not to leave their children unsupervised at home and if they are going out to work or other engagement, they must leave their children with a responsible adult and ensure their safety."