The Ghana Meteorological Agency has cautioned Ghanaians, especially users of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) to be mindful of naked fire as the dry and dusty harmattan season intensifies.
The harmattan season in Ghana is usually recorded between the end of November and the middle of January. However, the season has unusually extended to mid-February.
According to the Meteorological Agency, the harmattan, characterized by cold, dry, dust-laden wind, and also wide fluctuations in the temperatures of the day and night will stay till the end of Sunday, February 16, 2020.
The agency warned that there is ‘high probability of fire outbreaks due to the careless handling of open fires’ and therefore all and sundry should be cautious.
“Night to early morning hours temperature will be relatively cool over the northern half of the country. The afternoon hours will be warm with hazy sunshine dominating. From our five monitoring charts and other meteorological parameters, there is a very high probability of fire outbreaks due to the careless handling of open fires.
“Therefore Liquified Petroleum Gas operators and the general public are advised to be: (1) Mindful of naked fires, (2) Cautious of lighting fires in and around forests, farmlands and open areas without extended fire belt unattended to,” the statement said.
Read the full statement below: