Survey: GCC residents lack fire safety awareness

Results show the need to educate public about life safety issues

Nearly a third of GCC residents ignore fire alarms, says survey results.
Nearly a third of GCC residents ignore fire alarms, says survey results.

Nearly 30% of GCC residents regularly ignore fire alarms and are unaware of the locations of fire exits, showing a significant lack of fire safety awareness, according to a Honeywell survey of more than 2,600 GCC residents conducted by You Gov.

The study also found that more than half (53%) of those polled were unaware of the need to test fire safety equipment, while 48% had never taken part in a fire drill.

The research was commissioned by Honeywell Life Safety as part of a drive to raise awareness of the important role that the public plays in fire safety. The survey polled male and female respondents from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"The results of the survey reveal an alarming lack of awareness among the GCC’s residents," said Mark Fenton, business leader for Honeywell Life Safety in the Middle East and Africa.

"This is a real concern to residents on two levels; the first being the critical aspect of their responsibility to their personal safety and that of their families. Secondly, the legal responsibility of residents to safeguard properties, they own or have rented, has increased and there is a definite need to take the necessary steps to safeguard their homes and protect themselves from serious loss.

"Fire safety systems must also be maintained fully tested and operational at all times."

He added that raising public awareness about fire safety is crucial to getting people to take the required steps to make sure that they are protected from potential dangers.

He added: "This is a community responsibility and we must all work together to make sure that the environments we live in are safe ones."

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