Stats alarm NFA

Stats alarm NFA

15 April 2013

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Fiji — THE National Fire Authority is concerned with the increasing number of bush and rubbish fire incidents this year.

So far this year, NFA has attended to more than 91 bush and rubbish fires.

NFA’s chief executive officer John O’Connor said a number of these bushfires were the result of people being careless, while others were started intentionally.

“Some of the structural and bushfire incidents this year occurred as a result of carelessness and deliberately lit fires which could have been avoided,” he said.

“This year alone, there have been 36 structural fire incidents, compared to 27 for the same period last year.

“It is sad that despite NFA’s continuous advice on fire safety, some people are not taking fire safety seriously.

“We must all discuss fire safety in our family, villages, settlements and communities,” he said.

Mr O’Connor reminded the public that the simplest things such as putting out a candle could save a life.

“Always check that all fire ignition sources in the house like stoves, lamps, mosquito coils, prayer diyas and candles are put out completely as a safety measure.

“Bush and rubbish fires are a great risk to the nearby properties, settlements and villages and can be very devastating to the members of the community and the environment.”

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