Himachal Pradesh has tough topographic conditions due to which there is fear of natural and man-made calamities. There are centuries old historical and heritage wooden buildings in the state which are vulnerable to fire. The Himachal Pradesh fire department has launched an awareness campaign for safe Diwali. An official revealed that the campaign would be focusing on school children.
A spokesperson for the department said, "We are regularly organizing training camps with live demonstrations in various industrial units, educational institutions and government offices to minimize the loss in case of fire. A special campaign has been launched to sensitize the school students, both government and private, across the state about the safe use of firecrackers."
A total of 3,134 training camps were organized during Diwali in the last three years that saw participation of more than 50,000 people. The official further added, "The fire department of the state has saved 460 lives and properties worth Rs. 2,081 crore from fire-related incidents in past three years. During this period 4,491 fire incident calls were received."