UAE Cabinet passes resolution to install fire detectors in residences
The federal and local governments will bear the costs of installing fire detecting devices in homes for people with limited income
UAE Cabinet, under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved a resolution that mandates residential homeowners to install fire detecting devices and subscribe to the civil defence e-system.
The resolution is in line with the government’s efforts and the leadership's keenness to protect the lives and properties of the UAE citizens and residents, provide the highest amount of public safety, and protect society from fires hazards as well as the loss of life and property.
According to the country’s statistics, from 2018-2019, the UAE registered fire incidents in homes and residential buildings, which resulted in the death of 68 people that is in addition to several material losses, despite the efforts made to reduce fires.
Meanwhile, home fires accounted for 66% of the total number of building and facility fires in 2019, which was similar to the figures in 2018.
The Emirates News Agency (Wam) reported that the resolution will be applicable to all existing residences or those that are to be built in the future.
Additionally, the resolution stipulates the federal or local government departments concerned with issuing licences for the construction of residential homes to ensure that fire detectors are installed, and the owner has subscribed to the e-system, before granting a completion certificate.
Meanwhile, it also grants homeowners of existing homes a period of up to three years from the issuance of the resolution to amend the conditions in line with its provisions.
According to Wam, the federal and local governments will bear the costs of installing these devices in homes for people with limited income, and the federal government has previously covered these costs for homeowners who receive social assistance from the Ministry of Community Development.
The provisions of the resolution will be carried out by the Ministry of Interior, through the Civil Defence Departments, and it will cooperate with all concerned parties to implement the procedures.