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NFA urges caution

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, March 23, 2014

BE very careful, is the warning from the National Fire Authority as areas in the Central and Eastern divisions faced a water shutdown.

A fire midweek left the authority quite helpless when the lack of water hindered their efforts in saving two houses.

NFA chief executive John O'Connor urged members of the community to take extra care and prevent any fire from occurring.

"A small fire will develop into a big fire in a short period of time and the NFA is seeking the assistance of the members of the community in ensuring we be vigilant and exercise extra care to prevent a fire from starting," said Mr O'Connor.

"Do not burn any rubbish or start any fire near your property as strong winds could blow the embers into your property, and do not leave any cooking unattended.

"Before leaving your property or going to sleep at night make sure you check around your house and ensure all fire ignition sources like cooking appliances, electrical appliances, gas cylinders and cooking stove, which can easily start a fire, are put out or switched off.

"Ensure that if you are using mosquito coils, candles and prayer diya that they are placed well away from curtains and placed on a metal plate.

He added that matches and lighters were to be placed well away from the reach of children.