Take preventive measures of fire in summer

Fire outbreaks caused by natural or human-induced demand vigilance and proactive measures from everyone. Whether it’s for cooking, crafting, or machinery operations, it’s imperative to handle fire with care in daily routines.
Annually, Myanmar faces over 1,800 fire incidents, resulting in property losses exceeding K15 billion. Between 2013 and 2022, the nation witnessed a staggering 18,336 fire outbreaks, inflicting damage worth more than K155 billion. Negligence and electrical faults are the primary culprits behind these calamities.

As such, individuals in Myanmar society need to be reserve forces for fire prevention in accord with the missions of the Fire Services Department for fire safety, the prevention of natural disasters, search and rescue, and public welfare measures. If so, the society will be safe and sound in all seasons. Hence, people need to use fire systematically and carefully.

In 2023, 77 locals lost lives, and 193 were injured in 1,362 outbreaks of fire, causing loss and damage to property worth more than K35 billion. In 2022, fires broke out across the nation 1,507 times, leaving K6.7 billion worth of loss and damage of property, with 96 civilians dead and 139 injured.
Common triggers for fire outbreaks in Myanmar include offerings of oil, candles, and joss sticks to Buddha images, mosquito coil mishaps, and accidental fires from cheroots. Additionally, issues like electrical short circuits and improper use of electronic devices contribute to the risk.
To address these risks, firefighters from various brigades conduct thorough inspections of stove-wiring systems and promote the use of fire extinguishers and circuit breakers. With the onset of hotter summers, heightened caution is necessary.
Residents and firefighters alike participate in fire prevention exercises to prepare for emergencies. The Mandalay fire of 24 March 1984 stands as a stark reminder. Within eight hours, over 2,500 buildings, including schools, residences, and businesses, were razed. Since then, the community has mobilized, utilizing fire engines donated by well-wishers and locals, while youths volunteer for auxiliary fire brigades, driven by the memory of past tragedies. From then on, local youths join the auxiliary fire brigade to take voluntary fire preventive measures due to remembering the bitter experience of a terrible fire.
By remaining vigilant and proactive, communities can mitigate the devastating impacts of fire outbreaks. Every individual in Myanmar must prioritize fire safety, from adhering to preventive measures in daily activities to actively participating in fire prevention initiatives. Through collective effort and preparedness, the nation can safeguard lives and properties against the ravages of fire.
As such, individuals in Myanmar society need to be reserve forces for fire prevention in accord with the missions of the Fire Services Department for fire safety, the prevention of natural disasters, search and rescue, and public welfare measures. If so, the society will be safe and sound in all seasons. Hence, people need to use fire systematically and carefully.

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