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Poor electrical wiring still major fire cause

Update: July, 18/2016 - 07:00
A fire fighting drill. -- pccc114.vn
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Poor electrical wiring is considered the most common cause of fire in every household, office, plant and trade complex, the city fire chief warned during a meeting with media on Friday.

Colonel Lê Tấn Bửu, chief of HCM City’s Firefighting and Prevention Police Department, said electricity caused 66.3 per cent of fires in the first half of the year with 220 cases, a reduction of 33.3 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. Two people were killed (four less than the same period a year earlier) and 26 were injured, with total property losses amounting to VNĐ82 billion (US$3.67 million).

The losses of 19 fires haven’t been estimated yet.

There were 68 rescue missions, a year-on–year reduction of 8.1 per cent. Thirty-eight people were saved from fire and other accidents while 200 others were guided to escape from fire.

In order to increase efficiency in fire prevention, the department will strengthen local firefighting forces’ abilities, and increase education about fire threats for households.

The municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department has also conducted fire-safety inspections at 43,275 enterprises, an increase of 9.5 per cent. About 4,313 enterprises have been found to be in violation of fire prevention regulations, an increase of nearly 20 per cent.

The department organised 300 firefighting and prevention training courses for nearly 16,300 people, an increase of 136 per cent.

Over 6,400 fire prevention education classes, a growth of 21 per cent, were held for 124,000 attendees.

The departmentplans a major fire fighting and rescue drill for complicated situations involving chemical storage. — VNS

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