15 January 2013

Nigeria: Fire Service Warn Nigerians On Fire Outbreaks

Nigerians have been warned to be careful while dealing with materials that can easily ignite fire this season.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Fire Service, Olusegun Okebiorun gave the warning while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

He also stated that users of electricity at home and in the offices should stop the overloading of sockets and turn off all electrical gadgets at the close of work.

The Fire Service boss stressed that Nigerians wishing to burn bushes as a result of animal hunts should closely monitor the fire as it could spread to adjoining properties,

Two notable fire incidents occurred within the week as the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo's house caught fire while it took prompt intervention of the Fire Service men to avert what could have been a major disaster at the Independent Electoral Commission headquarters in Abuja.

He warned Nigerians to desist from keeping fuel in the house while avoiding scooping fuel from breakdown petrol tankers.

The Comptroller General however, said the Service was at alert to help reduce the number of fire outbreaks in the country within the year.

Fire Safety Code

Meanwhile, the Service has expressed its preparedness to enforce the National Fire Safety Code (NFC) on all public buildings as contained in the Federal Government Circular.

"By this circular, the Federal and State Fire Services are expected to commence the code enforcement delay both at the commencement of any infrastructure and at their completion stages", the Service Boss said.

He called on all stakeholders especially State Directors of Fire Services to step-up fire awareness campaign in their domain to check the spate of fire outbreaks associated with the dry season.

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