Chiefs and assembly members within the Adentan District have been urged to facilitate the installation of fire hydrants to enhance the work of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).
The District Fire Commander, Divisional Officer Grade III (DO III) Philip Kotey, also cautioned private developers to desist from building on fire hydrants, to protect lives and property.
He made the call at a fire safety educational programme organised by the District GNFS for residents of Ashaley Botwe in Accra on Thursday.
It sensitised participants to fire safety management, to forestall unexpected fire outbreaks.
DOIII Kotey said the lack of fire hydrants made it difficult for personnel to easily replenish fire engines to control fire outbreak quickly.
“We sometimes have to travel far away to access water when we run out of water, and this impedes the smooth operations of the fire service in the district,” he stated.
DOIII Kotey admonished residents to exercise caution when using gas cylinders and cookers, and to purchase fire extinguishers to put out naked flames.
He also cautioned them against illegal electricity connection and the overloading of electrical appliances onto one socket, which could easily cause fire outbreak”.
DOIII Kotey reiterated that his outfit would work hard to reduce fire outbreaks in the district, and urged residents to take the education seriously to augment the efforts of the command.
The chief of Ashaley Botwe, Nii Afutu Kotey Gbomosane II, lauded the District Fire Service for the education, and pledged that he would support all efforts aimed at preventing fire outbreaks in the district.
By Abigail Annoh