The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is urging the general public to desist from activities that can cause a fire outbreak during the celebration of the Christmas festivities.
The Service said in a statement it recorded a total of 44 fire outbreaks on Christmas day.
“The Service recorded a total of 44 fire outbreaks on Christmas Day. Out of the total fires recorded, 19 were domestic, nine commercial, eight bushfires, five vehicular, two electrical installation fires, and I crown fire involving a coconut tree. The out-on-arrival fire cases recorded were nine,” GNFS said.
No fire incident casualty was recorded out of all the cases, the statement noted.
“Three road crashes with two casualties were responded to by the Service. Accra Region recorded two of the total with one incident recorded in the Central Region.”
Therefore, in order to decrease the likelihood of fire outbreaks, it has advised the general public to follow fundamental fire safety procedures throughout the dry season.
Out of the total instances reported, Tema had the most with 11 cases, followed by the Ashanti Region with six cases, the Greater Accra Region with five cases, and the Upper East Region with one case.
Despite the sudden increase in fire outbreaks, the Service’s management reassured the public that coordinated efforts would be made to timely respond to all fire and related emergencies, intensify national public fire safety awareness and sensitization campaigns, continue with enhanced visibility and patrols in public places, and otherwise work to prevent and halt this trend of increasing fire outbreaks in order to protect lives and property.