The Jakarta Post
Before going on 'mudik,' makes sure to follow these simple steps to keep your home safe from fires. (Shutterstock/File)
During the annual mudik, or mass exodus of Muslims returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri, homes are often left unattended for several days, which may cause concerns over accidents such as fires occurring while homeowners are away.
Earlier this June, the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD DKI) shared several tips on what you can do to keep your home safe from fire during the mudik season:
Don’t leave your stove on
Make sure that your gas stove is safe by removing the gas regulator and turning off your stove. Always double-check before leaving for your trip.
Unplug your electronic devices
Disconnect all electric devices from the socket. This includes your air conditioner, fridge, rice cooker, water pump, internet and TV.
Avoid short circuits
Make sure that all electric sources in your house, which includes cords, fuses and sockets, are secure from other materials, namely fabric, papers and drops of water.
Inform your neighborhood units and community units
It is advised to inform neighborhood units (RT), community units (RW) and security guards of your neighborhood about your trip, particularly how long you will be away and your cell phone number.
BPBD DKI has provided a contact number for every emergency situation (112). Let your RT, RW and neighborhood security guards know about this number in case of a crisis involving your house. (asw)
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