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Phuket disaster chief warns of fire hazards

PHUKET: Prapan Kanprasang, Chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), has warned people to beware household fires after blazes broke out at two workers’ camps in Phuket this morning (Dec 6).

By Chutharat Plerin

Thursday 6 December 2018, 07:16PM

The first fire engulfed multiple units at a two-storey residential building at a workers’ camp in Kathu at about 7:30am. (See story here.)

That blaze was followed by another fire, this one at another workers’ camp in Soi Khunluang, Moo 1, Pa Khlok, at 11:40am.

No persons were injured in either of the two blazes today, despite many of the housing units being destroyed by the fires, police confirmed.

“I urge Phuket in people to be especially aware of fire hazards in the home,” Mr Prapan said. “People should prevent the risk of fire by checking flammable items both inside and outside house.

“Also, before leaving home, please check the electrical appliances and do not light incense or candles in the house and then leave home.

“If you burn garbage, please be careful to stay near the fire to prevent it from spreading,” he added.

Mr Prapan also cautioned people to be aware of any dry grass areas around their homes.

“The season has changed quickly. Hot weather and a lack of rain in areas can cause fires to spread easily,” he said.

“Not being aware of the fire hazards around the home only increases the risk,” he added.

“Do not throw away cigarette butts in risk areas, such as dry grass. Also, please keep fire extinguishers in good condition at all times.” Mr Prapan said.

People who see any fire unattended and seemingly causing risk to life or property were urged to call the 199 fire emergency hotline.

“In case of fire, people should use any fire extinguishers available to counter the fire while waiting for help to arrive,” Mr Prapan said.

“Local fire departments in Phuket are ready to deal with fire accidents. We have teams of firefighters with the appropriate equipment to access the area and help people quickly,” Mr Prapan assured.



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Kurt | 07 December 2018 - 16:21:23

Where were the fire fighters in protective clothes, helmets and masks?  Was the smoke measured to detect any hazardous substance?  What are the standards here for it? Same as in Singapore?  Or?

eriksen | 07 December 2018 - 07:59:08

Such good advice

Kurt | 06 December 2018 - 20:59:42

Empty words of the Disaster Chief. Empty, as long he has not a wing-department with prevention officers who visit cinema's, disco's, bars, shops,foreign workers camps to check on safe installations. Enforce a certification safety inspection. No certificate?Than not safe and not insured. Thai insurances also should take a more approaching influential role in this process. Become 4.0 !

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