KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Fire and Rescue Service saved assets worth RM781.4 million and firefighters dealt with 8,814 fires involving buildings and property in Selangor throughout 2021.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Director Norazam Khamis said that during the same period nearly RM347.7 million in losses were recorded from property and building fires compared to RM297.9 million. RM of losses in 2020.
However, the total assets saved from 7,521 fires in 2020 was RM2.66 billion.
“For this year to February, a total of RM83.5 million of assets involving buildings and property have been saved while a total of RM31.1 million of losses have been recorded as a result of 1,090 fires.
“In addition, a total of 14 people died in fires last year, while the death toll in 2020 was 18. In February this year, there were three deaths,” he recently told Bernama.
Regarding fires in residential homes, Norazam said some of the most common causes include boiling water or cooking left unattended, as well as leaking gas regulators and pipes, as well as short circuits. due to electrical wiring, power sources left “on” (unswitched mains off), and use of non-certified electrical equipment.
“To prevent fires, be sure to turn off your stove after cooking and any electrical appliances used must be approved by authorities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Fire Director Nordin Pauzi said his department had saved assets worth RM322.4 million in cases involving building and property fires throughout 2021, while losses of RM71 million were recorded.
He said total losses increased from 2020, which saw losses of RM58.5 million but had a higher amount of total assets saved at RM683.2 million.
“Since the beginning of the year until mid-April, a total of RM182.8 million in assets has been saved and a total of RM17.9 million in losses has been recorded,” said he declared.
Nordin said there have been five deaths recorded over the past year with one death in 2020 and as of April this year there have been three deaths.- Bernama