Umuahia - Onyi Esiaka, Chief Executive of Fire Safety Solution, a private firm engaged by Abia Government to handle sales of fire extinguishers to the public, has advised residents to instal the facility in their premises.
Esiaka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Umuahia that installation of fire equipment was a proactive measure.
"It is imperative that people have fire extinguishers in their shops because in event of fire outbreak, the extinguishers will be used to stop the fire before the arrival of fire fighters,’’ he said.
He said it was not compulsory that people must acquire the facilities from government accredited agents, noting that government’s concern was to ensure that people protected their businesses and homes from fire.
The chief executive denied that touts were being used to harass shop owners by the firm, saying that genuine officials of the agency only issued demand notice and later court summons to people.
Esiaka further said that people who already had standard fire extinguishers would only pay fire service compliance fee.
"The fire extinguishers we supply to people are unique because they are branded with the numbers of all the fire service stations in the state.''