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Bangkok on alert for Chinese New Year fire hazards

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thai-Chinese communities in Thailand will be celebrating the Chinese New Year this weekend, during which many candles and much incense will be lit, along with the ritual burning of gold and silver paper, any of which could pose a fire hazard and a source of air pollution. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is this year asking the general public to reduce such activities to minimize emissions, and provide guidance on fire prevention.

 

The BMA’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Khachit Chatchawanit, has accompanied BMA officials on a visit to Yaowarat road to observe fire prevention measures arranged for Chinese New Year, and distribute pamphlets on fire prevention to the general public.

 

During the festivities, the general public is encouraged to reduce burning activities as well as candle and incense burning, and to ensure all lit candles and incense are completely extinguished before leaving home, as well as ensuring that all electronic devices and cables are in good condition. Shrines in Chinatown are asked to regulate burning activities and smoke emissions.

 

The BMA has deployed safety and firefighting units to be on standby at 35 high risk locations across Bangkok, equipped with fire trucks and fire fighting equipment on standby 24 hours a day to quickly respond to fire incidents. The general public can call the 199 or 1555 hotlines at any time of day to report a fire risk.

 

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Yep, be careful...there's danger ahead.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

during which many candles and much incense will be lit,

Yep, get those N95 masks out, while we take the focus away from the real issues of why there is so much smoke day in day out.....why is that, oh yes, lighting too many incense as was the news a whiles a go, how could I have forgotten, how ignorant can I be 😞

 

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35 minutes ago, khwaibah said:

Moron all as we are in a major drought.

 

Seriously?  You'd have them forgo testing the hydrants to make sure they work?

 

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2 hours ago, techietraveller84 said:

The water in the photo looks kind of brown, even though it's shooting straight out of the hose. Maybe recycled water, or river water?

 

As a volunteer fireman in a previous life, we used to go around and open up each hydrant every 6 months or so.  They'd puke up rocks and gravel, then brown water for a few minutes.  We shut them down once the water ran clear, and go onto the next one.  That was in Texas, Rhode Island and New Jersey- all connected to the municipal drinking water supplies.  The water was good quality.  But over time, the pipes accumulated some rust and rocks.  We always warned the neighborhood they'd be getting some rusty water for a day or so- and not to worry.

 

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Water Water Water everywhere,idiots 

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14 hours ago, kelboy said:

Water Water Water everywhere,idiots 

 

So which is worse?  Spilling a little water into the storm drain to test the hydrant, or opening a hydrant during a fire, only to find out that the threads are stripped or it's plugged with mud or rust?

 

Idiot, indeed.

 

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

the general public is encouraged to reduce burning activities as well as candle and incense burning, and to ensure all lit candles and incense are completely extinguished before leaving home, as well as ensuring that all electronic devices and cables are in good condition.

 

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Remember last year the same time 

The government swore that light many bundles of large incense sticks was the cause of the air pollution at the time 

They suggested to get smaller sticks 5555 🤣

Ban all burning of incense sticks and letting off firecrackers

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