When it comes to Fire Safety, the UAE are on the top of the list with regards to the safety statistics, having the lowest rate of fires at 2.19 and fire death rate of 0.023 deaths per 10,000 people in 2010-2014 and they aim to remain on top.
According to the Paris-based International Association of Fire and Rescue Service, the UAE is in a better position than many countries, such as France, Japan, Sweden, United States and the UK. The UAE government has the UAE Vision 2021 and aim to provide citizens with better quality of life and quality of services.
The first meeting of the UAE Happiness and Positivity Council was recently held and attended by officials, such as Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, the Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
“The average number of deaths per 10,000 people in 2010-2014 in the United States was 41.6 fires and 0.098 deaths, in the UK 41.2 fires and 0.059 deaths, in France 45.8 fires and 0.056 deaths, Sweden 25.4 fires and 0.1 deaths, in Japan 3.6 fires and 0.13 deaths, which show that the UAE has exceeded many advanced countries.”
The Deputy Prime Minister told councillors in the meeting,
“This fire death rate does show large improvements against many countries investigated, but the Government is determined to achieve the highest ranking with the lowest fire death rate in the world – a strategic approach undertaken by the Ministry of Interior that embodies its diligent vision for the UAE to become the safest and most secure country in the world.”
Ensuring the safety of the region and their people is a huge priority to UAE officials. The Prime Minister’s vision and purpose of the newly appointed council is to help create a happy and positive work environment for all. They discussed transforming innovative ideas into realistic action plans, more support for police entities and sectors that are taking part in achieving future plans, the investment of such plans in government work and how to upgrade performance levels to reach their Vision 2021.
With councils such as the Happiness and Positivity meeting, the rate of fires and fatalities from fires can be decreased and the results of the regions’ commendable efforts are showing. In the workplace, it is vital to ensure that all staff are introduced to the essentials of Fire Safety. Understanding and knowing the steps of a fire risk assessment, good housekeeping, fire fighting equipment such as extinguishers, alarms and safety signs and being clear on evacuation procedures could be the difference between life and death.
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