Ministry: 31% drop in UAE building fire accidents

The number of fire accidents for UAE buildings and other establishments decreased by 31% in 2016, it has been revealed

The number of fire accidents in the UAE reduced by 31% in 2016, the Ministry of Interior revealed. [Representational image]
The number of fire accidents in the UAE reduced by 31% in 2016, the Ministry of Interior revealed. [Representational image]

The number of fire accidents for UAE buildings and other establishments decreased by 31% in 2016, it has been revealed.

Fire accidents dropped from 3,388 in 2015 to 2,352 in 2016, the Ministry of Interior revealed.

The drop in fire incidents comes on the back of improved response time, tenant and user alertness, the introduction of advanced fire prevention technology, qualified firefighters, sustained public awareness campaigns against risks of fires, and intensified efforts to meet challenges as a united team, Maj Gen Jassem Mohammed Al Marzouqi, general commander of the Civil Defence at the Ministry of Interior said.

He continued: "'Fatalities from fires also declined from 23 in 2015 to 16 in 2016, a decrease of 52%."

Household fires reduced by 7% in 2016 compared to the 2015 figures, Al Marzouqi added.

Figures showed that civil defence inspectors visited and inspected 4,167 buildings and establishments in the first half of 2016, WAM reported.

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