Fire incidents on the rise, Lusaka City Council claims


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has appealed to Lusaka residents to take precautions to guard against fire incidents during the period of load shedding.

LCC Public Relations Manager, Chola Mwamba, said the local authority was concerned about the increasing number of fire incidents reported in the city.

Mwamba in a statement issued on Thursday urged Lusaka residents to take preventive measures to avoid such occurrences.

She highlighted that over the past week, 16 fire cases had been recorded, each with different causes.

“Major contributing factors to the fire incidents include residents failing to switch off electrical appliances when not in use or during power outages,” Mwamba said.

She advised residents to exercise caution when handling electrical appliances in their homes and shops.

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“Furthermore, it is important to extinguish all candles and braziers after use, particularly at night,” Mwamba stated.

She said given the load management measures implemented by ZESCO, citizens should develop the habit of switching off all electrical appliances when power is cut off in their respective areas.

Mwamba added that the practice can significantly reduce the risk of fires caused by electrical faults.

She stated that by taking these precautions, members of the public can safeguard their lives and properties, preventing avoidable fire incidents.

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