The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is to introduce home fire certification soon to help tackle domestic fires in the country, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Ebenezer Simpson, the Greater Accra Regional Fire Commander has stated.
According to him, the certification would ensure that every household acquire equipment such as fire alarms and extinguishers to check fire outbreaks.
ACFO Simpson revealed this during a market fire education campaign at the 31st December market in Accra yesterday.
It sought to sensitise the market women on the best practices in fire safety management in the country.
ACFO Simpson said fire destroys the nation’s revenue and affects the human resources which did not augur well for development.
“It is the responsibility of every citizen in the country to ensure that fire safety issues are made a priority to save lives and property”, he stressed.
He urged the traders to segregate the items and also create accessibility ways at the market to help during emergency situations.
ACFO Simpson called for the collaboration between the Fire Service and the traders to ensure incident-free fires at the market.
The Accra Metro Fire Officer, Divisional Officer Grade II, Benjamin Abbey said there was the need to ensure that the markets were safe for the promotion of businesses to mobilise the needed revenue for development.
He urged the traders to take the education seriously and assured that his outfit would support them in their activities.
A Fire Safety Officer, Assistant Divisional Officer Grade II, Patience Osei, in her remarks urged the traders who prepare food at the market to ensure that pockets of fire were extinguished before they leave the premises.
The president of the Markets Association, Madam Mercy Needjah, commended the personnel of the Fire Service for the education and called for more of such collaboration.
As part of the occasion, fliers with fire safety messages were presented to the traders.