Sharjah: 1,000 homes to get free smoke detectors

A campaign that was recently launched by Sharjah Civil Defence (SCD) will see the smoke detector-installation in homes mandated next year, an official said

Smoke detectors will be installed in up to 1,000 homes in Sharjah this year. [Representational image / Getty]
Smoke detectors will be installed in up to 1,000 homes in Sharjah this year. [Representational image / Getty]

Sharjah Civil Defence (SCD) has launched an emirate-wide campaign to increase awareness regarding the significance of installing fire alarms and smoke detectors in homes. 

SCD officials said they hope the campaign will help with egress activities if a fire breaks out within residential units.

Smoke detectors will be installed for free by SCD in up to 1,000 homes across various parts of the emirate during the campaign's first year. 

Installation of smoke detectors in homes will be optional in the campaign's first year, and is set to be made compulsory in the second year. 

Lt Col Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, director-general of SCD, said: "The awareness campaign targets houses of all types in Sharjah that lack proper smoke detectors and aims at promoting safety standards at houses, saving the lives of people and their property and minimising fatalities caused by inhalation of toxic fumes resulting from fires.

"We want to ensure that people have the required protection to alert them to evacuate when a fire breaks out," he added, according to Gulf News.

 

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