| Lyna Mohamad |
HOUSE fire incidents in Brunei Darussalam have declined between 2012 and 2013 while there was a slight rise in building fires during the same period.
According to the statistics on calls recorded by the Fire and Rescue Department, 67 cases of house fires were recorded in 2012 and the number went down to 63 the following year.
The number of building fire cases were 41 in 2012 and 49 in 2013.
From January to June this year, there were 22 recorded house fire cases and 31 building fires cases.
In terms of fatalities in fire incidents during the past three years, it was disclosed that only one death was recorded from house fire and none due to building fire cases in 2012.
There were also no recorded casualties in 2013. This year, one victim died in house fire while three fatalities were recorded in building fires.
Fire investigations revealed that overheat, overload, short circuit and loose connection in electrical appliances, unattended cooking and children playing with fire were among the major causes of fire.
These were disclosed at the talk on ‘Fire Prevention at Residential Areas’ by the Public Relations Unit of the Fire and Rescue Department, which was organised as part of the Enforcement Development Roadshow launched yesterday at the Ministry of Development.
Delivering the presentations on the topic were Assistant Superintendent Fire and Rescue (ASFR) Noorzali Apong, ASFR Rait anak Sakai and SO Esmawandy @ Nur Uzma Khadijah Brahim.
ASFR Noorzali noted that the Public Relations Unit of the Fire and Rescue Department serves to instill awareness in the community on the need for fire prevention and pro-active steps to be taken as well as raise sensitivity towards future fire risks.
Yesterday’s talk also saw the Fire and Rescue Department personnel sharing the important steps to be taken while waiting for professional help to arrive at the incident scene, the dos and don’ts during fire, steps of dousing fires using available fire extinguishers and so forth.
Other talks were on Land Code 1909 Chapter 40, Town and Country Planning Act 1972 (Amendment 1984) and Road Traffic Act (Chapter 68).
Agencies participated in the event included Departments of Town and Country Planning, Housing Development, Public Works, Land, Electrical, Environment and Recreational Park and Health Environment Services.
Present at the talks were Penghulu-Penghulu and Village Heads from the Brunei-Muara District who hoped to relay the information and advises to their respective villagers to make them more sensitive towards the risks and follow the rules and regulations to ensure that the physical development of the country is organised, safe and harmonious.