The Municipality of Walvis Bay has appealed to the town’s residents to be extra careful and prevent fires during winter time.
According to the municipality’s spokesperson, Anita Kaihiva, the town has started to experience an increase in fire incidents again since the start of winter.
Four fire incidents were recorded within the past four weeks.
Sixteen shacks were destroyed and four houses and a garage were damaged.
“This is unfortunately the time that fire occurrence increases. Residents must ensure that all possible heat and fire sources, such as heaters, candles and stoves, are switched off before going to bed. Parents are urged to play an active role in educating minors of the dangers of fire. Residents should please keep the fire emergency numbers handy. Residents are urged to refrain from grabbing fire hoses and engaging in practices that may disturb the work of freighters at a scene,” she said on Friday.
Kaihiva also appealed to motorists to always make way for emergency vehicles, as they slow down rescue missions.
Residents are advised to memorise Fire Brigade emergency numbers: 92200/081 122 0888/081 143 5875/ 081 122 0833, or save them in their phones.