Dubai residents advised to take fire safety precautions

In the wake of the recent fire incidents, the Dubai Civil Defence will coordinate with competent authorities to enact a law that obliges the owners of private homes to taking safety measures to help prevent home accidents, according to Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of the Dubai Civil Defence.

Al Matroushi said that in the last few weeks, the tragic deaths of 20-year-old twins and a 5-year-old girl in separate fire incidents had prompted the Dubai Civil Defence to launch the awareness campaign to enhance safety in the houses and promote measures to follow in the event of fire, starting with the use of fire extinguishers.

Household accidents can be disastrous but also easily avoidable with a few easy preventive measures, he noted. Family members, especially young children and older or disabled members may be exposed to many hazards or accidents, with serious effects. He added that each fire incident is examined separately to determine its causes and prevent a recurrence. In a fire at Al Twar area, for example, the official noted that the fire annex did not include security and safety standards, and iron barriers on the windows prevented the occupants from escaping.