The Federal Fire Service has called on Nigerians to take precautionary measures to reduce the increasing level of fires in the country.
FFS spokesperson, ACF Paul Abraham, made this call while speaking in a telephone interview Saturday PUNCHhe explained that the harmattan season was one of the main reasons for the increase in the rate of fires in November and December.
However, he identified fuel hoarding, illegal discharge of electricity and use of poor wiring materials, uncontrolled bush and sewage burning, fireworks and ejections as some of the actions that contribute to fires at festivals.
PUNCH reported that in December 2022 alone, about nine fires were recorded in different states, destroying property owned by individuals and companies.
While most of the causes of the fire are unknown, some were reported to have been caused by electrical faults and petrol canisters.
According to the FFS spokesperson, preventing the incidence of fires is a safer and cheaper approach compared to fighting fires.
Abraham said: “Due to the dry nature of the Harmattan season, which includes dry grass, dry trees, dry weather, dry environment and weather fluctuations, fire is easily ignited by the three elements that create fire (heat, oxygen). , and fuel) are readily available.
“When these three elements come together, fire is inevitable. It is called the triangle of fire. Based on our statistics, we anticipated it, which is why we started an early prevention campaign.’