National Fire Service’s Holiday Safety Campaign: Tips to Prevent Fires This Festive Season

National Fire Service’s Holiday Safety Campaign: Tips to Prevent Fires This Festive Season

The Belize National Fire Service is also on a campaign to keep the citizenry safe this holiday season. The department hopes that it can prevent fires throughout the month by educating people about the dos and don’ts. Fire Officer at the National Fire Service Kenneth Mortis spoke about ways to reduce the chance of a fire and how people can do their part. 

Kenneth Mortis, Station Officer, National Fire Service: “Beautification is something that we look forward to this time of the year. We continue to preach fire safety. We continue to give the signs that you look forward to. You might tend to punch in more than one light set onto an extension cord. It varies the type of extension cord you plan to use if you want to use the little brown ones that cost about $6.95 versus the little yellow one that ranges between $14 to $27. Once you start plugging in more than one and you put in that light switch and you notice your light start flicker these tell tale signs that you want to look forward to. It is telling you signs that something isn’t right. Whenever you use your microwave you see that microwave pulls and then your light starts to flicker it because it requires an extra amount of energy to get that microwave going. It is the same thing with these lights, whether it’s external or internal. You know, it’s basic fire safety and fire safety basically is everybody’s business. It’s not just mine, it’s not yours, it’s everybody’s. You see your neighbor doing it and you notice it. I mean give that extra safety advice. Let everybody in the household know what to look forward to. Don’t have Christmas trees directly around your outlet in the event that there is a shortage that will be the first contact, the Christmas tree is very flammable, the curtain and that’s where it starts, it goes up, spreads out and it consumes the entire houses. Later on throughout the course of the year we’ll be finding ourselves in a lot of cooking, a lot of late night baking because we want to make sure we have that fresh ham and Kriol bread on Christmas morning. Nothing’s wrong with that. Do your kitchen baking in twos. Take turns. Fellas, for us who are the chefs some of us are chefs in the house we want to have that little bourbon by our side, we want to have that little tobacco next to us is, it’s not a match that goes together. A bourbon and a sofa is a recipe for disaster. So we’ll talk more about this as the month comes nearer to the holidays but for now I leave you with those two tips.”

In the event of a fire, you are asked to contact the fire department via its 990 number.

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