MUSCAT — As many as 120 fires were reported by civil defence in the Sultanate from June 9 to 17. Most of the fires were put out before they could cause
major damage, among them a fire that broke out in workers makeshift residence at Ghala Industrial Estate.
The civil defence squads also dealt with 18 different accidents and offered 2,337 fire safety services, including field visits to installations, the study of maps, the
issuance of licences and certificates and the follow-up of adherence to preventive measures at various public and private sector facilities.
Recently, the Directorate-General of Civil Defence also carried out several programmes aimed at raising the public awareness about the importance of taking precautionary measures and the protection against risks.
The programmes included lectures in different public and private institutions that dealt with a variety of topics such as; evacuation and rescue operations in emergency cases, ways of distinguishing fires and the precautionary measures for the protection against fire in residential, industrial and commercial areas.
The ROP urges all members of the society to co-operate to prevent fires during the summer by observing some simple guidelines.
Improper use of electrical appliances at home. Overuse of these equipment is the most common cause of house fires, the ROP pointed out.
The ROP stressed the need to stick to fire safety precautions and stick to guidelines issued by the Directorate-General of Civil Defence to help protect human life and properties. — ONA