Talk on fire safety for villagers

IN view of a recent fire that took the lives of a six-year-old girl and her grandmother in Jelapang, Perak, a talk is being organised to educate villagers on fire safety. 

Perak MCA organising secretary Dr Mah Hang Soon said retired firemen would teach villagers on fire prevention and the dos and don’ts during a fire. 

“Part of the talk is a demonstration on first aid treatment and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by members of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS),” he said. 

Initial first aid treatment performed on burn victims before they were sent to the hospital, Dr Mah said, could save lives. 

“Knowledge on first aid and CPR is useful in any emergency,” he added. 

The talk will be held at the Jelapang community hall at 8pm on Wednesday.  

On Feb 13, kindergarten pupil Tan Sin Cheong was killed during a fire at her house at Jalan Sekolah in Jelapang. 

Her mother Guat Pooi Yoke, 26, and grandmother Wong Mooi, 56, were also injured in the 6pm fire. 

Wong, who sustained burns on 60% of her body, died without regaining consciousness at the intensive care unit at Ipoh Hospital three days later. 

Only Sin Cheong’s five-year-old brother managed to escape unhurt in the fire believed to have started in the living room where both children were sleeping. 

Expressing sadness over the incident, Dr Mah said he was compelled to do something to stop a recurrence. 

“Perak MCA is trying to help the fire victims but I believe we can do much better by helping others to prevent the same from happening again.”  

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