“Fire and life safety should be a high priority for all citizens, and as such, we are urging persons to take the necessary precaution to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property,”
says Officer in Charge of the Fire Prevention Division and Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks
Jamaica Fire Brigade is also encouraging citizens to use the correct electrical outlet for appliances, to avoid starting electrical fires.
“Appliances with short cords should not be plugged into extension cords. There is a reason why manufacturers make appliances such as blenders with a short cord, and this is because they should be plugged directly into an electrical outlet,”
He explained that such appliances pull a lot of electrical energy in a short space of time and the extension cord may not be able to supply that amount of energy at the required speed.
As citizens prepare for the festive season, JFB is reminding citizens that hand sanitisers should not be used near open flames, as they are flammable.
“Recommended sanitisers are usually 70 per cent alcohol and alcohol is a highly flammable chemical. Therefore, sanitisers are not suited for the kitchen or environments where there are open flames,”
Ebanks explained that to avoid being burnt, persons should ensure that they are not near any open flames while applying sanitisers. He also urged parents to warn their children of this possible fire hazard.
“Fire and life safety should be a high priority for all citizens, and as such, we are urging persons to take the necessary precaution to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property,” he said.