‘Over RM12.8 mil­lion lost in long­house fires’

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Peter Boon reporters@the­bor­neo­post.com

SIBU: Eight cases of long­house fire were re­ported in Sarawak dur­ing the first four months of this year, with losses for 169 doors razed amount­ing to RM12,890,550.

Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment ( Bomba) state di­rec­tor Nor Hisham Mo­ham­mad dis­closed this yes­ter­day, adding that prop­er­ties worth RM4,796,000.00 were sal­vaged.

“Last year, 26 cases of long­house fire were re­ported across Sarawak with 331 doors gut­ted and prop­erty losses to­talling RM19,359,350. Bomba Sarawak man­aged to save prop­er­ties worth RM14,986,000 from go­ing up in smoke,” he told The Bor­neo Post.

Asked on the ma­jor causes of long­house fires, he re­vealed that seven cases were due to cook­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and 11 from elec­tri­cal faults in 2017.

He noted this year, there was one case caused by cook­ing ac­tiv­ity and three from elec­tri­cal faults.

In this re­gard, Nor Hisham re­minded those cel­e­brat­ing Gawai Dayak fes­ti­val to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions against fire.

The pub­lic is ad­vised against us­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances with­out Sirim ap­proval and to avoid over­load­ing sock­ets with too many con­nec­tions.

Nor Hisham also cau­tioned for bar­be­ques not to be car­ried out too close to the house es­pe­cially wooden struc­tures.

“It is im­por­tant also to en­sure that fires are fully ex­tin­guished be­fore leav­ing the bar­beque pit to avoid the flames be­ing fanned by wind.

“Vil­lage se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees (JKKKs) and Bomba Com­mu­nity mem­bers should also re­fresh their skills and con­tin­u­ously monitor the long­houses. Be alert to any ac­tiv­i­ties that in­crease fire haz­ards, in­clud­ing leav­ing cook­ing unat­tended,” he said.

He ad­vised that gas reg­u­la­tors be switched off when not in use for a pe­riod of time. Win­dows and doors in the kitchen should be opened be­fore cook­ing to avoid sparks if there is a gas leak.

Dr Pen­guang pre­sents aid to fire vic­tim Ong Li Li. At right is Kap­i­tan Chin Fung Ying.

Nor Hisham Mo­ham­mad

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