The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has warned taxi drivers to stop the practice of disconnecting gas vehicle cylinders for refilling at the gas stations.
Mr. James Owusu-Adjei, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Fire Officer, said that was dangerous and could trigger fire.
He was speaking at a day’s workshop organized by the GNFS for 76 gas and fuel station managers and attendants from across the region in Sunyani.
It is part of the effort to ensure that basic fire safety precautions are observed at the filling stations.
This comes on the heels of recent fire out breaks at some of the stations in parts of the country.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Owusu-Adjei vowed strict enforcement of fire safety regulations.
He, however, said the cooperation of everybody – operators in the fuel and gas industry and all the people would be needed.
He said he found it deeply worrying that in spite of the extensive safety education, the nation continued to see lives and property lost to fires, many of which were preventable.
ACFO Owusu-Agyei urged fuel and gas station managers and attendants not to allow vehicles to queue up at their stations when gas or fuel was being off-loaded into the underground tank.
The participants were taught the techniques to control fire using wetted sack and the fire extinguisher.