Let’s observe fire safety precautions like COVID-19 protocols – Acting Fire Chief
Mr. Julius Kuunuor, the acting fire chief, called on Ghanaians to observe fire safety precautions like the COVID-19 safety protocol to reduce fires in the country.
“COVID-19 is a terrible disease and failing to respect the measures, we will end up losing our lives, but the fire is more appalling and frightening, in the blink of an eye, it wipes out families and properties…” a- he declared.
He said this at the launch of the Greater Accra Regional Fire Safety Week on Tuesday in Makola, Accra, with the theme “Observing fire safety measures as a COVID-19 protocol”.
The aim was to make everyone aware of the need to respect fire safety measures as the dry season and Christmas activities approach.
The acting fire chief said the Service has moved from an approach to fighting fires to a healthier approach to preventing fires and has pleaded with the public to strictly adhere to safety measures.
Mr Kuunuor said the nation recorded four thousand nine hundred and thirteen (4,913) fires from January 1 to October 31, 2021 and stressed the need for a change in attitude towards fire safety.
Alhaji Gibril Nuhu, Deputy Fire Chief 1 (ACFO1), Accra Regional Fire Commander, said strict compliance with fire safety was needed, especially as Christmas time approached.
He said the Service is engaging all stakeholders to ensure a fire-free celebration and called for support from all.
“Regional staff with this responsibility have been deployed to intensify public education, conduct risk assessments, surveillance and respond to emergencies, all aimed at protecting the country’s strategic facilities,” he said. declared.
The regional commander said most of the fire-related deaths were caused by smoke and asked the public to be smoke-sensitive and always check security whenever they detect smoke in their homes and areas. surroundings.
Madame Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Executive Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, pleaded with shopkeepers to turn off all gadgets and electric cylinders used for cooking before leaving their stores and homes.
She called on the fire department to ensure markets have access to fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to aid firefighting activities.
“Prevention is the key and the best option in fighting and preventing fires,” she said.