Fire officers issue warning ahead of Divali

The TT Fire Ser­vice (TTFS) has once again warned per­sons to be ex­treme­ly care­ful when han­dling fire­works.

This call was made by Act­ing Chief Fire Of­fi­cer for the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion Ramdeo Boodoo on Fri­day when the TTFS closed a week of fire pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at the Cen­tre City Mall, Ch­agua­nas. Boodoo said deal­ers of fire­works have a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty to in­form con­sumers about the prop­er han­dling and re­lat­ed safe­ty in­struc­tions when it comes to the use of fire­works.


With Di­vali around the cor­ner, Boodoo said he was ex­treme­ly con­cerned that care­less in­di­vid­u­als may show up at the hos­pi­tal with in­juries be­cause they chose to han­dle these ex­plo­sive de­vices with their bare hands and ig­nore safe­ty pro­ce­dures.

He said on­ly the TTFS can give clear­ance for the use of com­mer­cial fire­works.

Boodoo said adult su­per­vi­sion is need­ed at all times and un­der no cir­cum­stance should chil­dren be al­lowed to han­dle fire­works.

He said it was im­por­tant not to over­load cir­cuits and en­sure safe­ty de­vices like smoke de­tec­tors and fire ex­tin­guish­ers are in­stalled in hous­es.

The act­ing Chief Fire Of­fi­cer for the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion said these are small in­vest­ments that would go a long way in pro­tect­ing one’s prop­er­ty.

- Shastri Boodan