Vehicle fires rise in April

James Kon

April recorded the most number of emergency calls related to vehicle fires, according to statistics compiled by the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD).

The FRD statistics also revealed 31 cases of vehicle fires from January to April this year.

The worrying rise in vehicle fires was highlighted by Acting Senior Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Haji Abdul Sufriyan bin Haji Abdul Hamid during a press conference yesterday.

“Eight vehicle fire cases were recorded in January 2020, while six calls were received in February,” he said.

“Seven cases were recorded in March, while there were 10 cases of vehicle fire in April, with an estimated cost of BND101,350 in damages and two injured persons.

Acting Senior Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Haji Abdul Sufriyan bin Haji Abdul Hamid and Station Officer Pengiran Mohd Ali Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Salleh at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“The main causes of vehicle fire are mechanical problems, human error and negligence, as well as electrical problems, strong impact from an accident and flames from open burning which spread to the vehicle.

“The public is advised to be more aware of fire safety, by avoiding incidences of fire or
vehicle accidents.”

Station Officer Pengiran Mohd Ali Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Salleh said, “With more people staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the public is reminded not to leave cooking stoves unattended and to make sure to check on the cooking components in the kitchen.

“Avoid electrical overloads and switch off all unused electrical appliances. Do not leave senior citizens, special needs individuals and children alone in the house.”

Contact the Fire and Rescue Operations Centre at 995 for fire-related emergencies.