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Kenya marks fire safety and Burn awareness week 2018

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The Fire Safety and burn’s awareness week 2018 kicked off on Monday 3rd September to Friday 7th September. The awareness week is aimed creating awarenessabout fire safety and what actions to take in the event of a fire.

The event comes a mid fire calamity across the county most of them taking place in schools and slum areas, the most recent being the Kibera fire on Saturday first September where alife was lost.

This year’s event flew under the theme ‘Zuia Moto, Zuia Gharama’ and focused on having a campaign focusing on the cost of fires and how to prevent them.

Fires have been reported in multitudes in 2018 alone and some of these fires are household, market, and others school fires.

Crisis Control Kenya recently partnered with KPLC to create awareness in secondary schools where severe fire cases have been reported.

About 187,502 burns were reported in 2016 alone with 40% of these burn victims being children.

One of the burn survivors Dan Matakaya, a police officer at Industrial area suffered a horrific acid attack in 2013.

Matakaya  had returned home after a night patrol one September morning at around 5.00am. He got to his house at a police post in Kisii where he was working and found his wife home.


Tired from a night of work, he decided to take a rest.

He was woken up by a burning sensation on his face moments later not knowing what was poured on him.

He suffered severe burns on his face after his wife poured sulphuric acid on him.

Prior to the incident, the couple had lost a nine-month-old child due to illness and that had caused tension between the two.

“I screamed and was rescued by an officer who was a neighbour and rushed to hospital,” he said.

Owing to the severity of the burns, Dan was later airlifted to Kenyatta National Hospital for special treatment.

Dan lost his eyesight, had blocked nostrils and developed contractures, a permanent shortening of muscles or joints following the attack.

He later had to enroll into and institution to learn how to read and write in brail.

He now champions for fire safety awareness and also calls on the government to regulate acid sale saying many people are being attacked using the substance.

Kenyans are now calling on the government to find a way to respond to fire incidents quickly and effectively.

There have been times when fire tracks sent from the county arrived at fire scenes without water forcing victims to try and put out the fire on their own.


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