With the advent of summer an alarming rise is being seen in the number of fire-related incidents in Kerala. According to the fire department, the number of fire-related incidents have almost doubled over the last two months. The department received 2,985 fire-related distress calls in February, against 1,546 in January. The number of forest fires jumped from 95 in January to 302 in February. “In view of the scorching summer, people should take extra care while handling fire to avoid casualties and fire-related accidents,” B Sandhya, director general of Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, told TNIE.
Officials say that the majority of incidents are linked to the burning of garbage and dry leaves. “The public should behave responsibly, and if garbage needs to be burned the fires should not be left unattended. They should stay until the fire is doused properly. It’s summer time and even a small fire can cause huge accidents,” Sandhya said.