NSDMA issues fire safety tips

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Dimapur, March 14: In view of the onset of windy/dry season, the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department has issued some guidelines to prevent incidents of wild/forest fires.
In the past years, Nagaland has witnessed many incidents of wild/forest fires resulting in damage to precious flora and fauna. In the year 2015 during the Japfu/Dzukuo forest fire the Indian Air Force had to be called in along with a host of officials from the Forest Department, NSDMA/DDMA, SDRF etc to douse the raging fire. The recurring forest fires have destroyed hundreds of acres of forest cover.
Fire incidents have been recorded as one of the major disastrous events in Nagaland. Every year the State witnesses huge number of fire accidents caused by electrical short circuits and human negligence.
Cautioning the public to stay safe from fire accidents, the NSDMA also issued some fire safety tips:
1. You can limit forest fire-related dangers by being informed about certain dos and don’ts.
2. When going on an outing to the forest during dry/windy season, be informed about the danger in your region or in the sector where you intend to go and the preventive measures in effect.
3. Always have an emergency kit at home and burn anything (house hold waste, dead leaf) at the end of the day, when there is no wind, far from vegetation.
4. It is also advised that cigarettes, matches etc from moving vehicles should never be discarded anywhere near forests.
5. Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
6. Further, if caught in a wildfire it is advised to look for a body of water such as a pond or river to crouch in. If there is no water nearby, find a depressed, cleared area with vegetation, lie low to the ground, and cover your body with wet clothing, a blanket, or even soil.
7. Stay low and covered until the fire passes. Protect your lungs by breathing air closest to the ground, through a moist cloth, if possible, to avoid inhaling smoke.
The public is also requested to report sightings of wild fire to NSDMA toll free number 1070 which is active 24/7 or the concerned District Fire & Emergency Services.
(Page News Service)