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Tonga Fire Service warns public to be more cautious during this warm and dry day

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/01/2017

Tonga Fire Services has warned the public to be cautious of acts that could lead to fires during these sunny, warm and dry days.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Sinamoni Kauvaka said, they are advising parents to take extra care of their children and to avoid playing with matches, mosquito coils, fire crackers, candles and electronic devices.

This follows 15 different fire incidents that happened since the beginning of this year to January 20th.

This includes bush and house fires.

Compared to the same period last year, there were 20 fire incidents with about TOP$100,000 cost for damage.

The main causes of fire are mainly from negligence of safety responsibilities during the warm days.

January 2017 is not yet completed but the amount for the overall damage is over half a million pa’anga due to the high costs of materials and equipment inside the buildings.

The latest fire incident was the building at Takuilau College where fire destroyed all the new sports equipment to be used this year.

Tonga’s MET office said the warmest day last week was Thursday with 32.7 degree Celsius; the average temperature for this week is 30 degrees.

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