Ten fires break out in three days across Oman

In­ci­dents re­port­edly took place in Salalah, wilayat of Suwaiq wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid and the wilayat of Ibra

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MUS­CAT: As tem­per­a­tures con­tin­ued to rise, 10 fires broke out in Oman dur­ing the last three days, five of them on farms, four in houses and one in a ware­house, ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lance (PACDA).

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, no in­juries were re­ported in the in­ci­dents that took place in Salalah, the wilayat of Suwaiq and the wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid. How­ever, of­fi­cials did not con­firm if there were any in­juries in the in­ci­dent that oc­curred in the wilayat of Ibra.

“All houses must in­stall smoke de­tec­tors, stock up on fire ex­tin­guish­ers, blan­kets and train the fam­ily on evac­u­a­tion in case of a fire,” said Wael Al Muherzi, founder of Aman Fire Safety, a fire safety con­sul­tancy and ad­vi­sory firm in Oman. PACDA said: “There are many sources of dan­ger at home be­cause of the pres­ence of elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and other de­vices that are used daily. It is nec­es­sary to take care when us­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and cooking gas.”

Tem­per­a­tures across the coun­try soared to 40 de­grees Cel­sius and above. So, more adults and chil­dren stay in to avoid the heat. They turn on ap­pli­ances to ward off the heat and keep them­selves oc­cu­pied, caus­ing an over­load­ing of the elec­tri­cal grid.

“Par­ents should teach their chil­dren the right way to han­dle de­vices and urge them to turn off ap­pli­ances they do not need, to re­duce pres­sure on elec­tric­ity sup­ply,” said Al Muherzi.

He added: “Charg­ing phones for a long time and us­ing the wrong charg­ers were among the causes of the fires. This is alarming and we must be care­ful.” “The fire ac­ci­dents in res­i­den­tial build­ings are of­ten due to lack of care when deal­ing with elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and cooking gas,” PACDA added.

“Check elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions pe­ri­od­i­cally for leaks and ser­vice elec­tri­cal de­vices on time. These are sim­ple pro­ce­dures that must be fol­lowed to pre­serve the safety of the fam­ily and to re­duce the amount of elec­tric­ity con­sumed at home,” said Al Muherzi.

He pointed out that the use of un­skilled and un­li­cenced work­ers to pro­vide elec­tric­ity in homes at a low cost would re­sult in poor con­nec­tions that could cause fires. Home­own­ers must em­ploy elec­tri­cians ac­cred­ited by elec­tric­ity com­pa­nies to in­stall con­nec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the PACDA, 4,157 fires took place in Oman in 2016, a sharp rise from 2015 (3,520). In ad­di­tion, 894 ve­hi­cle fires were recorded in 2017.

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