94 persons left homeless last December, Fire Brigade urges caution
The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging Jamaicans to take precautions this Christmas, in order to prevent fires.
Public Relations Officer of the JFB, Emeleo Ebanks, says many persons either lose their lives or homes during the season due to unsafe practices, which result in fires.
He says last December 94 persons were made homeless largely as a result of human error.
Ebanks blamed the losses primarily on the influence of alcohol and the increased demand and use of electricity.
The Public Relations Officer used the opportunity to implore persons to use the services of certified electricians to wire their houses.
He is advising persons not to overload their circuits with Christmas lights.
Ebanks says no more than three lights should be plugged into each socket and persons should not leave these lights plugged in for more than five hours
He says plastic Christmas trees and decorations easily ignite and the lights on the trees generate heat, which may result in fires as well.
Ebanks was speaking at a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service yesterday.
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