Ghanaians are being reminded to observe safety precautions, especially at home to prevent possible upsurge of fire outbreaks across the country.
The message comes from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), which is issuing the advice to help citizens cope amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ghana has so far recorded 68 cases of Covid-19 outbreak with three deaths, the country’s health service has confirmed.
In a bid to prevent the disease from spreading, the Akufo-Addo-led administration tightened travel restrictions including a total shutdown of the country’s borders.
All schools have since been closed as a measure to reduce social gatherings to contain the disease.
The Ghana National Fire Service in its preparedness to protect lives and property in the midst of the crisis, has also been outlining a number of measures to prevent fire outbreaks.
Some of the tips that have been highlighted in a statement signed by the head of Public Relations, DO II Ellis Robinson Okoe include:
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers as the name suggest has a content of alcohol sufficient to cause ignition if it comes in to contact with a source of ignition The public is therefore advised against its use close to any heat source, especially in the kitchen.
- The storage of the local gin (Akpeteshie) in our homes is highly dangerous as the liquid is highly inflammable and storing it in huge quantities could cause major fire outbreaks. The general public is cautioned to desist from this act in order to prevent the incident of fire outbreaks in our homes.
- The general public is urged to avoid multiple chores during the period of stay in our homes because any carelessness or negligence can cause fires.
- Children must be well guided as they remain at home against the use of matches and coming close to liquefied petroleum gas which is known to be common causes of domestic fires.
- Parents are also advised to discourage their children against playing with our emergency lines 112 and 192 which often result in prank call depriving other genuine emergency callers of prompt assistance.
- The Command of the Ghana National Fire Service wishes to assure the public of its preparedness to ensure that all lives and property are protected against fire outbreaks and all other related emergency situations.
By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH