At the opening ceremony of the 2016 National Fire Safety Week at the Service headquarters in Abuja on Monday, with the theme of this year’s Fire Service Week was “Minimizing fire outbreaks: Precaution is the answer” The Comptroller General of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Engr. Joseph Anebi Garba has warned Nigerians on the possibilities of fire outbreaks between now and March next year, and he said uncontrolled fires were avoidable if people understand how fire starts, its inherent dangers and take precautions to checkmate the threat.
“We are in the season of incessant fire outbreaks,” he said. “Quite a lot of fires are recorded between November and March of every year because of the dry wind which readily aids ignition and fire spread, adding that “available record shows that during this period, the frequency of fire outbreaks is about three times more than is experienced at other seasons.”
Engr. Anebi who noted that most fire outbreaks result from human failings, said the Service expect to have equipped the public with the relevant knowledge to cope with fire related emergencies at the end of the one-week programme.
Activities earmarked for this year’s programme include: exhibition of fire service tools and equipment, awareness campaigns on fire prevention measures, public lectures, distribution of fire safety flyers and road shows.