2021-01-22 (Friday)
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The number of fire cases has dropped by 12 per cent in 2020, according to the Fire Services Bureau Commissioner.

The fire chief says his department will strive to work with lawmakers on the fire safety legal framework to clarify the responsibilities of owners associations and property management companies.

During a meeting with community organisations this morning, the Fire Services Bureau Commissioner revealed 809 fire cases were recorded last year, down by 12 per cent year-on-year.

The number of ambulance calls also saw a similar drop.

«Following analysis, the reason for the decline is mainly because of the pandemic, with the visitor arrival decreasing and the significant drop in residents using ambulance service.»

He added that unattended stoves and burning incense, candles or paper sacrifice are the major causes of fire.

In terms of the proposed fire safety legal framework currently being deliberated by the Legislative Assembly,

The Commissioner said the legislation if greenlighted, will authorise the fire department to penalise the breaching parties.

He also called on house owners and property management companies to maintain the fire safety system of their buildings,

As the failure of such a system can seriously hamper firefighters’ rescue efforts.