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Enugu Fire Service sensitises 44 major markets, 18 schools, others in 12-month

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The Enugu State Fire Service says it has sensitised thousands of traders in 44 major markets within Enugu State within last one year to minimise the incidences of fire outbreaks.

The state’s Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Chief Okwudili Ohaa, told the newsmen in Enugu on Thursday that scores of fire extinguishers were distributed freely in each market during the sensitisation.

Ohaa spoke on the sidelines of the forthcoming 2022 World Day of Safety and Health at Work.

The chief fire officers said that the service had equally sensitised 18 secondary schools in the six educational zones of the state; thus, three schools per zone in the last one year.

He said that the schools were given fire extinguishers of various sizes to ensure that the students act out what they had learnt and keep their school environment free from fire outbreaks.

Ohaa said that in the period, the service’s Fire Prevention Unit had taken sensitization and “check for fire prevention compliance” to over 5,000 business and industrial premises as well as public buildings and residential houses in the state.

“We have carried out fire prevention training and sensitisation to military and para-military formations; covered nine council areas and Enugu State University of Science and Technology with extensive sensitisation in the last one year.

“All these huge investment and more to come will not have been possible without the passion of His Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in making the state to be proactive on issue of safety and security of residents,” he said.

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According to him, “The Zero Tolerance to Fire Outbreak’’ campaign of Gov. Ugwuanyi is seriously working and the people can feel it through massive enlightenment/sensitisation, which is touching everybody in the state.

“Our people are also feeling the governor’s impact through the government donation of thousands of fire extinguishers free-of-charge to markets, schools, other public buildings and other special designated places.

“He has built new fire stations, bought new fire engines and ensured regular training and re-training of all fire-fighters in the state.

“Recently, the governor has instituted building a fire service headquarters in Enugu with facilities for accommodation, training of staff and simulation among others,” he said.

Ohaa urged residents to abide by all they have learnt from the various sensitisations; follow the fire tips religiously, have fire/emergency numbers and maintain or buy fire extinguishers to help fight fire outbreaks while at its early stage.

“Our people should imbibe the culture of fire prevention and ensure anything that is highly inflammable is kept away from homes, schools, churches, public places, business and manufacturing areas.

“For no reason should petroleum be stored in the house or shop. Gas cylinder should never be kept in the kitchen; while you should fix any electrical fault at home or office on time,” he added.

The World Day of Safety and Health at Work is being commemorated every April 28 worldwide.

It is a day set aside by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to raise awareness on safety and health of workers at the work place and in their homes.

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