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21 June 2018 10:00 am

Tips on preventing fire accidents in Qatar's hot summer months

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As the temperature in summer goes up in Qatar, it’s important to protect your homes, cars and electronic devices from direct sunlight as much as possible to prevent the possibility of a fire accident inside the home and outside due to overheating.

If you are prepared and follow the tips given below there is less chance of a fire accident taking place during the hot temperatures.

Outside the home

  1. Sometimes, cars may overheat in the hot summer months, especially if they are older models. If the temperature gauge in the car’s dashboard is reaching a dangerously high level, immediately stop the car, turn off the ignition, open the bonnet/hood. Put your foot on the accelerator; this will release heat in the car and pull water and air in the radiator causing the engine to cool down.
  2. When parking your car, try to park it in the shade to prevent direct sunlight exposure.
  3. Never leave lighters, especially disposable ones in the car.
  4. Ensure your car is fitted with a heat extinguisher.
  5. Have the car checked regularly for maintenance issues like electrical short circuits, oil leaks and engine part malfunctions to avoid any fire accidents.
  6. Dispose off your used cigarettes properly. Do not throw them while they are still lighted. Extinguish them properly before throwing them into an ashtray or dustbin.
  7. Do not leave your phones, laptops or other electronic devices in the car for long periods of time. Most electronic devices come with lithium ion batteries and these may be susceptible to overheating when left in the heat and may cause the risk of a fire.

Inside the home

  1. Have your air conditioners checked and serviced regularly to ensure air filters and vents are not clogged up with dust and debris.
  2. When you are out of the house, keep your air conditioners off. Keeping them on even when you are out of the house for long periods of time, may cause a short circuit in the wiring and start a fire.
  3. Make sure you don’t have too many electronics plugged into one electrical outlet as it may cause short circuiting and lead to a fire.
  4. Do not charge your phones, laptops and other electronic devices all night as the devices and switches may over heat leading to a risk of fire.

Do you have any other tips to help prevent fires and keep us safe in the hot Qatari summer months? Do let us know n our comments section.