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  • Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Emeleo Ebanks, is cautioning parents not to leave their children at home, especially during the holiday season.
  • He said that in the past, several house fires have been caused by children who are left at home by their parents or guardians to attend to business or leisure.
  • Mr. Ebanks told JIS News that this affects children below age 16 and elderly people.

Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Emeleo Ebanks, is cautioning parents not to leave their children at home, especially during the holiday season.

He said that in the past, several house fires have been caused by children who are left at home by their parents or guardians to attend to business or leisure.

“Household fires will increase because the adults are going out to party and they are leaving the children at home, either by themselves or they are leaving them at home with elderly individuals,”Mr. Ebanks said at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’.

“Don’t get caught in this thing, where you just leave them to go by the shop to buy a phone card,” he added.

Mr. Ebanks told JIS News that this affects children below age 16 and elderly people. “So, if they are under 16, don’t leave them alone at home, and if they are very old,  don’t leave them alone at home either;  somebody must be there with them,” Mr. Ebanks insists.

This practice, he said, generally leads to unplanned visits elsewhere or very long conversations with friends.

As such, Mr. Ebanks said the JFB is encouraging fire safety in all areas and is therefore asking persons to desist from this practice.

In the meantime, he is urging individuals to resist going into a burning building in an effort to save lives or property.

“If it gets to the point where a fire actually starts, what you don’t want to do is trying to play the hero, which is where we find a lot of persons dying as a result of going back into a fiery situation,” he noted.

“It is in your best interest that once you’re outside of the building, don’t go back inside,” Mr. Ebanks emphasized.

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