More than 5,200 fires in Kuwait in 2010

June 11, 2011

A Kuwaiti official has put the number of fires that broke out in Kuwait in 2010 at 5,247.

Youssef Al Ansari, deputy general manager of Fire Directorate for Development and Human Resources Affairs, said that the figure was a 13 per cent improvement on the 2009 statistics, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan said.

According to the official, 13,433 fire-related incidents occurred last year, marking a slight decrease over 2009.

Al Ansari said that electrical malfunctions were the most common cause for
fires, causing 1,641 fires, followed by accidents caused by children with 1,355 fire outbreaks.

The total number of deaths resulting from fires and accidents was 125 in 2010, a 44 per cent decrease over 2009.

However, Al Ansari said that compared with Europe, other Arab countries and the United States, Kuwait is ranked fourth in the least number of deaths per 100 fires. “The department will exert all its efforts in raising awareness among domestic labourers and employees working in the private sector on fire safety in order to continue this decreasing trend,” he said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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