The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department on Tuesday launched an exercise to reach out to the people at their door steps to explain the need for fire safety measures and precautions.

Divisional Fire Officer N. Subramanian, Station Fire Officer – Coimbatore South P. Annadurai and their team along with a fire tender reached out to the people on the railway station road and addressed them on the need to prevent fire accidents and the precautions to be taken for the same in the form of installation of fire prevention gadgets.

Teachers were requested to educate the students on fire safety, installation of extinguishers and ensuring emergency exit.

The students should also be trained on escape methods, and the need for closure of open and defunct wells close to schools and water bodies.

Containers should remain closed, and obstructions in staircases and routes should be removed.

Children should not be allowed to play with inflammable materials, match sticks and gas stove lighters. Parents and teachers were asked to prevent children from venturing into water bodies without adult supervision.

Children should be taught swimming, avoid standing under trees when it is raining, and avoid electric lines over thatched and tiled roofs.

They should know about changing the tubes of LPG hot plates once in six months regularly.

At Oppanakkara Street, where a fire accident took place in an electrical accessories shop on Monday night, the fire and rescue services team reached the shop keepers door-to-door and advised them to install fire prevention gadgets such as smoke, heat and flame detectors besides having wiring done using materials with ISI mark.

The awareness drive on fire safety would continue till April 20, according to officials in the city.

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