Knock off electrical wiring and extension cords are one of the biggest causes of domestic fires in the UAE, Ajman Civil Defence has warned.
Faulty cables, connections installed by people without the correct qualifications, and overloaded networks have all been labelled high risk.
The warning comes as Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) urged customers to ‘go green’ for summer.
Now in its seventh year, the ‘Tips Before Travelling’ campaign offers guidelines for customers planning to leave the emirate during the warmer summer months.
These include switching off lights, unplugging electrical appliances and electronics, using a timer for any floodlights in gardens and fences, shutting off the water supply, and using a specialised technician to check water connections to make sure there are no leaks.
The campaign also includes water conservation techniques for gardens and plants.
“We have an integrated set of awareness initiatives, programmes, and activities throughout the year to engage all society members in conservation efforts and encourage them to adopt a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. This is done by rationalising electricity and water use and reducing waste.
“These efforts have achieved significant results over the past years, proving the importance of involving all members of society in protecting the environment, reducing our carbon footprint, and ensuring the sustainability of natural resources for generations to come,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Government Communication at DEWA, added: “The ‘Tips before Travelling’ campaign aims to remind community members of the importance of taking a few simple steps before travelling or staying away from home for a long time.
“It includes steps for rationalising electricity and water while reducing waste and costs. The campaign also includes measures to protect property and saving natural resources.”