17 Perish In Fire In 5 Months

Seventeen people died, and 50 received various degrees of injuries, in 2,106 fire outbreaks recorded by the Ghana National Fire Service,(GNFS) across the country between January and May this year.

The Public Relation Officer of the, GNFS, Mr Ellis Okoe Robison, who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghanaian Times in Accra, said damage caused to property was estimated at GH¢7, 392, 781, 10.

BRIGADIER.Gen. JOHN BOSCO EMAWIN GUYIRI,Chief Fire OfficerHe gave the breakdown of the cases as domestic, 839, industrial, 55, vehicular, 268, institutional, 54; electrical, 228; commercial, 249; bushfires, 180; and others, 233.

Mr Robinson stated that Greater Accra Region recorded the highest fire outbreaks of 464 fires, followed by Ashanti Region with 369 cases and Brong Ahafo recording 207 cases.

He said 2,993 fires were recorded last year within the same period, adding that there had been a decrease by 17.39 per cent, as a result of proactive measures such inspection of fire safety/audit at the markets, ministries and other places.

Mr Robinson said the creation of a taskforce, and intensification of educational drive at various markets had assisted in reducing fire outbreaks.

He said the GNFS was faced with the challenge of “sealed fire hydrants”, adding that most hydrants have been sealed and that was affecting the operations of the Service during fire outbreaks..

Mr Robinson said as part of efforts to help reduce fire out breaks, the GNFS visit basic schools and educate students on fire safety measure.

He said about 80 fire tenders were expected to arrive in the country by the end of the year from Indian to augment the operations of the GNFS.

 

He urged the public to abide by fire safety regulations and call the Fire Service emergency 192 for assistance.

Mr Robinson said the public should ensure that all electrical appliances were switched off when leaving their home and during fire outage.

“The public must ensure that all gas cylinders are not kept in rooms but outside to ensure safety during fire outbreak”, he stressed. By Anita Nyarko

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