STATISTICS available indicate that more fire outbreaks in this country are recorded during the dry season, which normally starts from late December and then continues to February the following year. According to the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Prince Billy Anaglatey, “Between December 24 and December 26, 2016 as many as 48 fire outbreaks have been recorded nationwide, while around the same time in 2015, 72 fire outbreaks were recorded nationwide.”
MR. Anaglatey made this disclosure when he spoke with Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra yesterday. If within two days (December 24—December 26, 2016), we can record 48 fire outbreak cases during the harmattan season then that is very disturbing.
IN the last few days, some parts of the country have experienced a dramatic change in the weather. The harmattan season has dawned on us with dusty winds and reduced visibility, especially in the mornings.
ORDINARILY, one would not have had any cause to complain knowing that this is the expected season for the change in the weather. However, in the wake of the severity of the season this time around, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has appealed to the general public on the need to adhere to basic safety measures.
THE appeal by the GNFS is opportune and Today could not have agreed more. We believe that it is important we act cautiously to avert any fire outbreaks during this period.
THERE is no doubt that the severity of the weather is a fertile ground for fire outbreaks. That is why it is imperative for all of us to be extra-cautious during this time of the year.
WHAT is more, the development has brought in its wake early morning thick fog thus reducing visibility and making driving a bit more hazardous early morning. It is thus vital that drivers avoid reckless driving to prevent fatalities on our roads.
WHILE cautioning drivers we must all be wary when dealing with naked fires. We must see to it that basic fire safety measures like replacing old electrical appliances with news ones, relocating gas cylinders in enclosed areas to open spaces, doing away with improper electrical connection, switching off all electrical appliances when leaving home among many others are strictly adhered to.
ON that score we believe that if we religiously adhere to the above basic fire safety measures we will in no doubt be contributing immensely towards reducing to the barest minimum fire outbreaks, especially in this dry harmattan season.