Fewer fires in the capital this year
Over the nine months of this year, the number of fires in Vilnius has gone down by 8.7 %, and the number of people killed and injured in fires is also lower compared to last year: in January-September 2017, there were 28.6 % less of fire fatalities and 51.4 % less of the injured in fires compared to 2016.
The decreased number of fires in open areas largely depend on weather conditions, such as colder and damper weather. Human behaviour with fire has also become more prudent. People have become more attentive to fire safety rules, which reduces the number of fires at home. The Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board has contributed to the increased awareness of the people through regular preventive campaigns, public education on fire safety issues, fire-fighting technical inspections of facilities and other educational and preventive activities.
The data of January-September show that most of the fires – over 190 – broke out in May. The fires of March (180 fires), April (170 fires) and fires of June (about 150 fires) are only slightly behind the fires of May. Unfortunately, that involved human fatalities. In January, May and September, fires claimed five lives.
To prevent loss of lives and take care of healthy and safe home environment, it is essential that gaseous devices and equipment be kept in good condition. It is also important to observe the rules for the use and operation of electric appliances, furnaces, fireplaces and chimneys, so that we can avoid serious consequences.
The main causes of fire still remain as detailed below:
fire assisted by a foreign fire source (e.g. intentional fire);
careless human behaviour (e.g. unattended food left cooking, left unattended electrical appliances or candles, children playing, careless smoking);
electrical wiring faults.
To protect your home from fire, it is recommended that you know the causes of fires, put in place an autonomous smoke alarm, have a fire extinguisher, and following these recommendations:
If you cannot avoid the fire, immediately notify all those at home, go outside and call the general emergency number 112.
The City of Vilnius thanks the Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board for their proactive efforts in fire prevention and urges the residents and guests of the city to give more attention to their own security.
Mayor of Vilnius
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