Nzema East Fire Service cautions the public against harmattan fire outbreak


Axim(W/R), January 28, 2021

The Nzema East branch of the Ghana National Fire Service has educated the public on the rising and possible occurrences of fire outbreaks during the harmattan season.

Speaking on the Aliehye Morning Show on Nzema Fm at Axim, Nzema East Municipal Divisional Fire Officer, DO III Peter K. Quayson stated that the education is to help curb the rampant occurrence of fire outbreaks during this season.

“Almost every activity we engage in involves fire, and it becomes nearer in the harmattan season than we can think of, so we need to be careful. Fire is our friend and does not cause harm if we handle it with care” he cautioned.

DO III Quayson said to curb domestic fire outbreaks, households need to be conscious of naked fires because most outbreaks are mostly caused by unattended fires, adding that the public should be cautious of how they handle petrol, gas, charcoal, firewood and anything combustible in their various places of work and homes.

He said fishermen and drivers must be extra careful as the little mistake could spark fire which would be difficult to douse and therefore reiterated the need for homes and work places to have emergency exit route and observe safety precautions such as putting off electrical appliances whenever they are going out or close from work.

He added his outfit is putting in place pragmatic measures to prevent occurrences of fire in the municipality and urged the public to always be wary of the effects of fire outbreaks and pave way for officials to execute their tasks on time.

DO III Quayson also debunked speculations concerning the delayance by Fire Service Personnel when there is a fire outbreak and quickly added that, in the past calls were directed to them from regional office, therefore making it difficult for them to reach the place early but however managed to do their best to quench fires.

In summary, Mr. Quayson advised employers, small businesses owners, company and individuals to try their possible best to get fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in their premises in order to detect any imminent fire outbreak.

DO III Quayson advised the general public to establish contacts with the nearest fire stations in their areas as well as officers in charge of those units to get access to them in times of emergencies

Story by: Akuba Amoah

Source: Nzema Fm News desk

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