Non-compliance and Indicipline are the major cause of fire outbreaks in Ghana- Business Mogul
Mr Afful Manu Benjamin, who is a businessman in Tain District, in the Bono Region, has said Indiscipline, ignorance and non-compliance to recommended basic fire safety measures and protocols are the major causes of fire outbreaks in various farming and business communities in Ghana.
According to Mr. Affull, most of the fires outbreak recorded could have been prevented or the magnitude of damage reduced if people abide by the principles of fire prevention and controls.
The businessman made the disclosure to the Anopa Nkommo show host, Appiah Kubi, in an interview on Tain FM.
He said the situation is worse in various commuter’s cashew farms, market places, other business environs and even homes where most of the people depends on for a living. He added that, people do not seek preventive measures, which he expressed his worry about the high incidents of fire outbreaks and said the failure of the people to abide by the tenets of fire prevention has been the bane in preventing fire outbreaks.
“Some people have set fires in some catchment areas where most of the people’s cashew farms had been for productivity for a living, some do illegal electricity connections and even the method of cooking, and it’s so sad and abhoring to see the trees and buildings guts by fire,” he stressed.
He underscored the need for the public to view the fighting of fires as a shared responsibility and urged the Gnana National Fire Services to deliver on its mandate by observing all the fire safety measures recommended to prevent fires from occurring and aid in responding to contingencies.
The businessman had mapped out a strategy two years ago, intensifying education on Tain FM in the Tain District on fire prevention and handling to curb effect of fire outbreaks.
“Going forward in 2022, there is going to be more education, inspections, recommendations and strict monitoring to ensure that people are actually complying with the recommendations and how to detect fires and the appropriate means of extinguishing method one should use,” he added.
He said he would further deepen his collaboration with the chiefs to tackle the fire outbreaks.