Mr Julius Kuunuor, the Acting Chief Fire Officer, has asked Ghanaians to observe fire safety precautions like COVID-19 safety protocol to reduce fire incidents in the country.
“COVID-19 is a dreadful disease and failing to adhere to the measures, one will end up losing his or her life, but fire is more dreadful and fearful, in a twinkle of an eye it wipes away families and properties…” he stated.
He said this at the launch of the Greater Accra Regional Fire Safety Week on Tuesday at Makola, Accra, on the theme, “Observing Fire Safety Measures as a COVID-19 Protocol.”
It was to create the awareness of the need for all to adhere to fire safety measures as the dry season and Christmas activities got nearer.
The Acting Chief Fire Officer said the Service had shifted from firefighting approach to a healthier approach-fire prevention and pleaded with the public to adhere strictly to the safety measures.
Mr Kuunuor said the nation recorded Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirteen (4,913) fire incidents from 1st January to 31st October 2021 and underscored the need for a change of attitude towards fire safety.
Alhaji Gibril Nuhu, Assistant Chief Fire Officer 1 (ACFO1), Accra Regional Fire Commander, said strict adherence to fire safety was necessary, especially as the yuletide approached.
He said the Service was engaging all stakeholders to ensure a fire-free celebration and called for the support of all.
“Personnel in the region charged with this responsibility have been deployed to intensify public education, conduct risk assessments, surveillance and are responding to emergencies all aimed at protecting strategic installations in the country,” he said.
The Regional Commander said most fire related deaths were caused by smoke and asked the public to be sensitive to smoke and always crosscheck for safety anytime they detected smoke in their homes and surroundings.
Madam Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Chief Executive, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, pleaded with traders to switch off all electrical gadgets and cylinders used for cooking before leaving their shops and homes.
She called on the Fire Service to ensure markets had access to fire extinguishers and smoke alarm detectors to help firefighting activities.
“Prevention is key and the better option in the fight and prevention of fire,” she said.