10 July 2014

Gambia: Fire Outbreaks

editorial

Stories of fire outbreaks leading to the destruction of life and property have dominated the national news in the past few weeks; with the most recent inferno rendering the family of the director general of the immigration services homeless. We hereto wish to seize this opportunity to caution all and sundry particularly parents to be aware of the other side of fire and endeavour to always put it under control. Failure to exercise caution in dealing with fire even for domestic use could result to fire outbreaks with dire consequences.

No one needs to be reminded that destruction wrought by fire is never small; so parents need to take absolute responsibility particularly for their children. Fire is not a toy to play with nor is it food to be eaten.

People should draw fundamental lessons from the infernos that have already struck the country and put rigid preventive measures in place.

We use fire for cooking and other activities. But after that we must ensure it is put off to avoid any destruction. We must also ensure that matches and other sources of fire in our houses are kept away from the reach of children. And electricity connections and electric appliances are safe. We hope that people would exercise caution in order to minimise fire outbreaks.

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