Anambra Residents Cautioned Against Indiscriminate Bush Burning


Residents of the state have been cautioned against indiscriminate bush burning to avoid destroying buildings and other structures in the area.

Speaking in Awka, the Director State Fire Service, Engineer Martin Agbili, said such fires often ignited by hunters most time get out of hand and could invade properties and even consume lives.

Engineer Agbili emphasized the need for people to remain safety conscious especially at this harmattan season when combustible materials are easily ignited and spread faster within the areas.

He stressed the need for regular cutting of bushes around residential areas, Churches, markets, hospitals, and other buildings to protect them from bush fire.

Engineer Agbili regretted that prevailing fuel scarcity has forced some people to hoard petrol inside their houses which he warned is very dangerous as it is highly flammable and could easily attract fire and would be difficult to control.

He also advised those using cooking gas to keep the cylinders outside the kitchen to avoid explosion while they should equally open their windows for at least twenty minutes before lighting the gas cooker to ensure that leaked gas is dispelled to open air.

Engineer Agbili enjoined the public to ensure that all electrical appliances are turned off when not in use to prevent power surge while families, markets, hospitals, industries and others should always keep fire extinguishers handy for emergencies as well as alert fire service offices promptly whenever there is fire outbreak.

He explained that the agency is working with other physical planning agencies and regulating authorities to ensure that property developers comply with fire safety designs and specified safety measures and enjoined the public to always cooperate and assist men of the fire service to achieve the desired result.

The Director requested the state government to increase the man power of the agency to strengthen its capacity.


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