BMA prepares for fire emergency during Chinese New Year 2021

(January 26, 2021) Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, said that Chinese New Year 2021 would fall on Friday, February 12th, 2021. In celebrating Chinese New Year, many people in Thailand with Chinese ancestors worship deities and sacred things and pay respect to their deceased ancestors. These rituals include the practice of lighting candles and burning incense. When a lit candle or incense is left unattended, carelessness can cause danger and fires which lead to extensive loss of life and property.

Therefore, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) requests for cooperation from the public to prevent fire incidents and avoid any accidents caused by fires during Chinese New Year celebration. Lighting candles and incense to worship deities and sacred things must be done carefully. These items should always be held firmly in non-combustible and heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over. Make sure you put out any candles and incense before sleep/going to bed or leaving the house. Lighting of firecrackers and fireworks during Chinese New Year must be done outdoor. All cables, plugs and sockets, and home electric appliances must be regularly checked to ensure that they are in good condition. If something is damaged and needs fixing or changing, do it immediately. Electric appliances must be switched off and unplugged when you are not using them. Automatic circuit breaker must be installed and a ground wire must be placed to give excess electrical charges a safe place to go. After finished cooking, you must always close the cylinder valve and turn off the LP Gas appliance. Each home must have fire prevention equipment and fire extinguishers. In case of fires, call hotline 199.