As the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) observes Fire Prevention Week, a senior fire officer is encouraging home owners, including those with chattel houses to get fire insurance.
Speaking directly to owners of chattel houses, Deputy Officer responsible for fire prevention Wayne Vaughn implored them to ignore any rumours which suggest that the insurance companies do not cover these structures and to see insurance not as an expense, but as an investment.
One of the activities for the week is dubbed Beep Beep, I Smell Smoke, a drive to encourage homeowners to purchase smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
Vaughn, a firefighter with 28 years experience, told Barbados TODAY a large portion of house fires was due to negligence, although he was reluctant to use the word.
“Maybe 90 per cent of the fires, structural fires, are from persons not doing what they are supposed to, or neglect. I have to be careful using that word negligence. The thing is we get caught up in our day-to-day life and don’t take these precautions that we normally would under normal circumstances,” the experienced fireman said.
Vaughn also cautioned the public against striking matches in their homes if they suspect a gas leak.
“[If you] come home and smell gas under no circumstances light a match,” he said.