Lagos State Fire and Safety Service Director, Mr Rasaq Fadipe, on Tuesday advised residents to be more safety-conscious in order to avert fire disasters during the harmattan period.
Fadipe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikeja that fire disasters were common during the harmattan owing to the dry weather. He urged residents to take extra precaution to avoid fire incidents.
“This is the harmattan period when fire incidents are very common.
Therefore, residents need to be more safety conscious and avoid anything that could result in fire outbreaks.
“They should avoid uncontrolled bush burning because it is particularly dangerous at this period. They should also be careful with candles as any accident could have serious consequences, “ he said.
The director urged residents to ensure that all electrical faults were fixed, adding that electrical appliances should be used carefully to avoid disasters. He cautioned that all explosive and inflammable materials should be kept away from unsafe places in view of the threats they posed.
According to Fadipe, the fire service has been responding to five to 10 fire emergency cases daily since the beginning of the harmattan. Fadipe said that the rate was high when compared to the number of
emergencies before the harmattan.
He said through effective response to emergencies and more public enlightenment, the service was able to reduce fire emergencies to 1000 in 2014, from the 2004 cases in 2013.
The director said the state had just taken delivery of 32 sophisticated fire fighting trucks, which would enhance the capacity of the fire service to respond to emergencies in the New Year.
“Also, two new fire stations in Lekki and Abesan are ready and waiting to be commissioned.
“The coming on-stream of these new stations will reduce travel time for emergency response in the areas in which they are located.
“This means that lives and property that could have been lost due to unavoidable delays will be saved, “ he said.