Rivers - River State has commenced a public awareness programme on fire safety and prevention in various public places in the region.
This follows last Tuesdays’ fire inferno which gutted some buildings along Iwofe Road resulting in the death of two people.
State Special Duties Commissioner Dickson Umunakwe, called for proper handling of inflammable materials during this Christmas period in order to avoid infernos that could endanger lives and property of the citizens.
He said the call became necessary ahead of the envisage fire outbreaks associated with the festive season.
Umunakwe added that the government was also partnering with manufactures of fire extinguishers to supply to the state and advised every household to purchase a fire extinguisher for their homes.
He called on the State chapter of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to maintain their trucks and caution their drivers not to drive recklessly especially when carrying petroleum products to forestall a recurrence of fires.
The commissioner also appealed to the Power Holding Company (PHC) to carry out routine checks on their poles so as to replace dilapidated ones.
He enjoined market unions leaders to deploy vigilantes to safeguard their shops from hoodlums who were in the habit of setting mysterious fires so as to loot properties.
“Overloading sockets, not switching off electrical appliances after use, indiscriminate burning of refuse within and around residential building are the common causes of fire’’ the commissioner added.
– CAJ News