Harmattan: NEMA warns residents, traders on fire.

The National Emergency Management Agency has called on residents and traders to be safety conscious to prevent fire outbreak in and around their environment.


The North West Zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilalah, made the call on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.


According to him, there is usually no warning when fire outbreak may occur but experience has shown that incidences of fire are more during the dry season.


He said that in the last quarter of 2015, there were 163 fire outbreaks in the state.


Ilalah said: “The harmattan season is here, which it is important for people to know how to curtail persistent fire outbreaks, which commonly occurs during the dry season.


“Most residents and shop owners are careless in handling electrical appliances; they mostly forget to put out their appliances after they close for the day.’’


Ilalah said that this could later lead to fire outbreaks if not properly managed “and in a populated environment, it poses high risk to occupants and their property”.


He urged market associations, organizations and students that had benefited from the agency’s sensitization campaigns against fire outbreaks to enlighten other business owners.


He said: “We need to continue sensitizing and informing the public on the importance of safety measures in residential and business environments to curtail fire outbreaks.


“As part of disaster management, the agency will do everything possible, including sensitisation and quick response to prevent and curtail fire outbreaks.”


He appealed to traders to be conversant with telephone numbers of fire and emergency services to enable them make calls when the need arose.

NSCDC Counsels Residents On Safety Measures During Harmattan

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday advised residents of Jigawa not to keep petrol and other inflammables at home to prevent fire outbreak as the harmattan approaches.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Malam Muhammad Gidado, told reporters in Dutse that the advice was necessary because fire outbreaks were common during the harmattan.

“The harmattan is fast approaching, and so, it is important for people to be more careful at this time to curb the persistent fire outbreaks which commonly occur during this season.

“Residents should always be careful while handling inflammable materials.

“People can be careless when keeping inflammable materials in their houses, which can later lead to fire outbreaks, if not properly managed,’’Gidado said.

He said the corps would continue to sensitise and inform the public on safety measures in residential and business environments to prevent fire outbreaks.

The commandant advised residents to observe the safety measures in their respective communities throughout the season and beyond.