COVID-19 Effect: Emergency Dispatch for Opening Locked Doors on the Decline | Be Korea-savvy

COVID-19 Effect: Emergency Dispatch for Opening Locked Doors on the Decline

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SEOUL, July 17 (Korea Bizwire) – While the number of 119 emergency dispatch cases increased by 5 percent in the first half of the year compared to last year, cases associated with locked doors were the only type of dispatches to decrease.

According to the National Fire Agency, a total of 125,278 dispatches for so-called ‘life-safety’ were made in the first half of the year. Dispatches for life-safety do not necessarily mean life-threatening issues but measures requiring immediate action such as removing beehives or capturing animals.


Animal capture accounted for the largest portion of the dispatch cases with 43,289 cases (34.6 percent), followed by ordinary safety measures with 35,871 cases (28.6 percent), opening locked doors with 23,965 cases (19.1 percent) and removing beehives with 6,501 cases (13.2 percent).


Dispatches in response to natural disasters like earthquakes (3,136 cases, 2.5 percent) and electric and gas related problems (2,516 cases, 2 percent) were also on the rise in terms.


The NFA said that due to the ‘COVID-19 effect’, many people were forced to spend their time indoors, so the number of people locking themselves out of their home dwindled as a result. 

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Image courtesy of Pxhere / Gyeonggi Volunteer Fire Department / Yonhap / The Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters /  National Fire Agency (Gangwon Fire Headquarters) /

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