GNFS seeks to prevent domestic fires

(inset)Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, the Chief Fire Officer of the GNFS,launching the book.,The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is to launch a home fire certification next Thursday, to help prevent domestic fires in the country.

Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, the Chief Fire Officer of the GNFS, who announced this at a press conference in Accra yesterday, said that the concept which was expected to be piloted in the Greater Accra Region and Tema, would later be replicated in the other regions.

He said the certification would ensure households engaged in best practices to reduce the fire outbreaks at homes.

Dr Gaisie said the service had noticed that domestic fires were on the increase because many homes did not put in place safety measures.

“Some have their entrance obstructed and do not have alarm systems,” he stated.

Dr Gaise said the GNFS would engage stakeholders such as market women, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and women groups to come up with strategies to prevent domestic fires.

He said the fire personnel assistants of the National Youth Employment Programme would also be engaged in educating and keeping surveillance at households.

Dr Gaisie urged contractors to ensure they involved the GNFS in their architectural designs to improve fire safety in homes.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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