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Fire service threatens to seal off erring petroleum products outlets

03 April 2014, 16:19

Abuja - The Federal Fire Service has warned that it would seal off all outlets selling petroleum products which failed to comply with fire safety standards.

Olusegun Okebiorun, the Controller-General of the service, gave the warning in Abuja.

Okebiorun advised all petroleum products sales outlets to immediately comply with fire safety standard of the service or risk being sealed off.

He said that the service had launched the ‘Fire Safety Code’ which contained all guidelines and requirements to educate members of the public on proper fire safety measures.

“For owners of petroleum products’ outlets, the code stipulates that they need to keep gas, fuel and other hazardous materials away from areas where fire is used like restaurants.

“They must display the `no smoking’ sign in such outlets and large outlets must instal the sprinkler system.

"I have told my men to go round the FCT and states nationwide to seal off fuel stations that are not complying with these safety measures.

"This will force people to start conforming to the guidelines,’’ he said.       

-    NAN

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