MELAKA: The Fire and Rescue Department has called on the public to stop open burning in view of the hot and dry weather the country is facing currently.
Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said such fires would spread fast and become uncontrollable under the circumstances.
He said the department had received an increase in emergency calls about fires in peat land and landfills, involving a vast tract of land.
“The emergencies include fires in the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve in Selangor and the Semeling landfill in Kedah.
“We will monitor areas identified as hotspots besides reporting open burning offences to the Department of Environment.
“We hope the public will help take care of the environment and avoid open burning to prevent the occurrence of thick smoke and haze, as well as unhealthy air quality, ” he said after launching a fire safety seminar here.
On another matter, Mohammad Hamdan said about 85% of 6,500 premises in the country, including government buildings, hotels, industries and businesses, had obtained a fire certificate (FC) from the department, in accordance with the Fire Services Act 1988.
“There are many buildings that have carried out illegal renovations, and this includes changes to fire components and systems in contravention to the Uniform Building By-Laws 1984, and there are also buildings that are not being maintained well, ” the director-general said.
Mohammad Hamdan said owners of premises which do not have a fire certificate have been issued notices to apply for one as soon as possible for the sake of occupants’ safety. – Bernama
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