The Ashanti Region Fire Service has expressed concern over the alarming rate of fire outbreak in the Region since the start of the year, 2020, ABC News can report.
According to the Ashanti Regional Fire Service, within a week into 2020, the region has already recorded 71 fire outbreaks.
The service also indicated that domestic fires ranked first in the fires recorded, followed by industrial fires, bush fires and vehicular fires.
This situation, the Service described as very worrying.
Speaking to Accra-based 3news, the Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Desmond Ackah said 1,043 fire outbreaks were recorded in 2019 as against 1,066 recorded in 2018.
“Domestic fires continue to top the list of fires recorded in 2018 and 2019 although the figures went down in 2019. We recorded 419 domestic fires in 2019 a drop from 457 in 2018,” Mr. Desmond Ackah explained.
He therefore revealed that the total cost of properties damaged by fire outbreaks recorded in 2018 is estimated at over GHC 21.6 million as against that of 2019 which stood at over GHC11.5 million.
Expressing the service’s worry about the high spate of fire outbreaks within the early days of 2020, the PRO recounted that “It is worrying to say that for the first week of 2020 we have so far recorded 71 fire outbreak with majority being domestic fires and bush fires. Going forward, the Service is going to enforce the LI 2249 which mandates house owners and estate developers to put measures in place to protect their premises.”
He therefore indicated that to minimize this menace, the Service has began a public sensitization programme on extinguishing fires.
Desmond Ackah added that house owners and estate developers have to acquire smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, signages and also get educated on how to handle small fires in their homes and premises.
Desmond Ackah mentioned that the Command has intensified its dawn broadcast, surveillance and patrols in markets with the Market Task Force to help educate the traders against actions that might cause fire outbreaks.