Careless tossing of cigarettes among most common cause of fires in Dubai

Electrical faults caused most blazes sparking concerns about condition of some buildings

Firefighters urged parents to keep lighters and fluid out of children's reach. Courtesy: Dubai Civil Defence
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Smokers who carelessly toss their cigarette butts caused more than a dozen fires in Dubai last year.

Dubai Civil Defence attended 465 blazes last year, according to its annual report.

Faulty wiring and electrics was the most common cause of accidents, accounting for 69 fires, followed by cigarettes, which were linked to 14.

Seven people died and 68 members of the public were injured in blazes. Twelve firefighters were also hurt on duty.

Dubai Civil Defence said it reached the average fire in just over seven minutes.

Director Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi said: "The fast response time has had a great impact in saving many lives and properties."

Despite being a major city, which has seen high profile skyscraper fires, the number of blazes was relatively low - about 14 for every 100,000 people.

The fire service is the largest in the country and has sent crews to Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman, he added.


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As of the end of 2017, fire protection devices and smoke detectors were in place in more than 64,000 buildings and 50,344 were linked to civil defence's automatic alarm system.

The issue of electrical safety was placed in the spotlight following the death of seven children from the same family in January.

Following the tragic fire, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said that all homes to be linked to civil defence stations.