The National Police’s Fire Department yesterday published a report stating that 17 people died and 52 were injured in 534 fires in 2018.
Nget Samon, chief of the National Police’s Fire Department, yesterday said the fires occurred in all provinces and the capital, except for Kep province.
Mr Samon said when compared to 2017, the number of fires increased by about 20 cases.
He noted that fires killed 17 people, injured 52 and damaged 545 homes.
“The fires occurred mostly in Phnom Penh and 40 percent were attributed to electrical malfunctions,” Mr Samon said. “Thirty-nine percent were attributed to candles, rice cookers and other common causes.”
In 2017, there were 514 fires throughout the country that killed 22 and injured 128 people.
Mr Samon added that in order educate the public, the Interior Ministry has disseminated laws on fire prevention, educated the public on fire prevention techniques and trained firefighters.
Prom Yorn, director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Fire Department, yesterday said that last year 90 fires occurred in the city, causing three deaths and 12 injuries.
“The death toll has decreased, but more people were injured last year,” Mr Yorn said. “It was because people neglected safety when using devices such as electric appliances, gas stoves, candles, incense and other flammable goods.”