SRINAGAR The Fire and Emergency Services department has issued an advisory asking people to exhibit caution in using heating appliances during the coming months of winter.
The people have been urged to be careful also in disposing off smoking causing materials. The mishandling of heating gadgets has earlier caused fires leaving people homeless.
The authorities said that it was important for people to ensure that heating equipments were working properly as a survey has shown that fires are caused due to lack of precaution during cooking and use of heating equipment.
Extremely dry conditions increase the risk for fires to ignite, while windy weather increases the chance and speed for any fire to spread. We have asked everyone to remain vigilant. Agriculture produce is vulnerable to fire, so people particularly in the rural areas must bear caution in this regard, said a top official of the fire and emergency service department.
The government has also directed the fire and emergency department to provide information to the people about the risks associated with the cold weather.
As weather conditions and the fire risk changes, the fire department should continue to update the status of the fire safety advisory, the government has said.
An advisory has also been issued to government hospitals across the state to install fire fighting mechanism in the buildings.
Over the years we have seen increase in fire incidents in Kashmir during winter. We suggest people that they should be more careful while using the gadgets, officials said.
Majority of the government buildings, hospitals in the state have no major fire fighting system in place, which is endangering the lives of thousands of people. There are critical safety gaps in the government buildings.
Officials call for the need of Fire safety audit at all government buildings and inspection of electrical installations.
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