Ramadan tents must meet safety standards, firefighters warn

More than 100 tents have been set up in Ajman for Ramadan and civil defence gives them licences after they meet safety standards, said Brigadier Saleh Al Matrooshi, director at Ajman Civil Defence.

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AJMAN // Firefighters are warning that temporary iftar tents need to adhere to safety standards.

More than 100 tents have been set up in Ajman for Ramadan and civil defence gives them licences after they meet safety standards, said Brigadier Saleh Al Matrooshi, director at Ajman Civil Defence.

“We are still receiving applications asking for licences. They are tents providing iftar meals as charity and each one accepts more than 200 persons.

“We inspect if it has the safety standards, such as having fire extinguisher, exit doors, the fabric of tents that should be fire-resistant, in addition to the items inside it.”

About 12 families in Ajman prepare the iftar meals for the underprivileged in coordination with charities, and civil defence plays a role but educating the families on fire safety.

As home cooking increases during the holy month, Brig Al Matrooshi urged all families to ensure the safety of electrical wiring and electronics in kitchens, air conditioners and gas cylinders.

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