Protection is our responsibility
The disastrous effects of an uncontrolled fire on health and property are a danger we must seek to eliminate at all times. We all have the responsibility to protect each other from this menace.
In this regard, some of the key factors in preventing fires are edification, awareness, knowledge and understanding.
I have no difficulty, therefore, in lending unconditional support to the Jamaica Fire Brigade as the organisation celebrates Fire Safety Awareness Week this year, from Sunday, October 26 to Saturday, November 1, under the theme: 'Communities in Action … Supporting Fire Prevention'.
While the attention, through various activities, will focus, no doubt, on homes and businesses, I urge you to place equal emphasis on fire awareness in the schools, as this is very often a neglected area by school administrations.
When one looks at the fact that large numbers of students are often in one place amid wooden desks and chairs, makes the need very urgent.
Fire-prevention equipment, such as extinguishers and emergency evacuation plans, must be revisited as well as training of students in the competent use of these life and property savers.
I wish you every success during the week and thereafter and stand ready to support you in any way desired.
Leader of the Opposition