Friday, May 29, 2009

Switch off main switch before you go for holiday: Assistant enforcer

BINTULU: Those who are going back to the village for the Gawai Dayak celebration are reminded to switch off the main switch box of their houses as well as other electrical equipment to avoid any unwanted incident like short-circuit.

The acting chief of Fire and Rescue Department Bintulu Zone, assistant enforcer Asang Linggir also warned the people of any illegal connection to their electrical power which could lead to electricity overloads and might result in fire.

“For the smokers in the longhouses, please do not simply throw your burning cigarette onto the compound area.

“This is a precaution to avoid any unwanted incident from happening,” said Asang when met during the blood donation drive held at its station here yesterday.

For those driving back to their respective longhouses or villages, he advised them to drive carefully and to avoid drinking before or during the trip home.

On another subject, he said the statistics of emergency cases including fire, accidents, rescue operations and others from January to April this year showed 56 cases recorded.

Meanwhile, a total of 405 prank calls were recorded in Bintulu as compared to 1,942 similar cases during the same period last year.

“By looking at the great number of disturbance calls, we like to advise those irresponsible callers to be more concerned and supportive of the responsibilities firemen need to carry out.

“The prank calls caused a lot of inconveniences and trouble to us. It was a great loss to our working efficiency when the actual emergency calls could not geth through the line,” stressed Asang.

He hoped that pranksters would stop making bogus calls to the Fire and Rescue Department.

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