Most fires occur due to unattended children – Home Affairs Minister

Firefighters try to contain the blaze.
A secondary school in Canal was recently destroyed by fire.
A secondary school in Canal was recently destroyed by fire.

[]As the Guyana Fire Service observes Fire Prevention Week, it has been revealed that the cause of most fires stem from carelessness, leaving children unattended, unsafe use and stealing of electricity and arson.

This is according to Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, who noted that to date the Guyana Fire Service has responded to 1309) fire calls, where 94 buildings were destroyed and 19 others were severely damaged by fire.

For the year thus far, three schools were affected by fire – one was completely destroyed and another severely damaged.

Of the total number of fires for the year, 44 were the result of acts of arson, resulting from domestic disputes, property disputes or wanton destruction to property, through acts of criminality and other nefarious acts.

Six hundred and twenty nine (629) were the result of rubbish or vegetation fires. Additionally, 12 lives were lost – of that amount, four were children. Two hundred and ninety seven (297) persons were left homeless.

“Let us rededicate ourselves to preventing tragedy before it strikes and practice fire safety in our homes and workplaces.  Every effort should be made to teach your family about fire safety.  All of us can take meaningful steps to reduce the risk of fire in our homes,” Minister Rohee said.

Fire Prevention week will be observed from Sunday October 6 – 12 under the theme, “Be alert, be committed, make fire safety your priority.”



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