A comprehensive fire safety awareness campaign has been started by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and the Lagos State Safety Commission as part of proactive steps to address the rising rate of fire occurrences in public locations, especially during the harmattan period.
The Oke-Afa Plank and Building Materials Market in Isolo served as the campaign’s finale after starting at the Oko Baba Sawmill in Ebute Meta and moving on to the Amu Timber Plank Market in Mushin.
The campaign’s goal was to inform traders about the significance of fire safety precautions. It was headed by Olugbenga Oyerinde, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, and included Mr. Lanre Mojola, the Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, and Margaret Adeseye, the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service.
Speaking to the traders, Adeseye emphasised the importance of being watchful and following safety procedures in order to reduce the likelihood of fire outbreaks, especially during the current Harmattan season.
She used the roughly 251 fire-related emergency calls the Fire and Rescue Service received in January alone to highlight the disastrous effects of neglect.
Adeseye, while urging market dwellers to prioritize safety compliance and foster a collective responsibility towards fire prevention, stressed, “fire incidents can have far-reaching consequences beyond the immediate vicinity.”
She however, reiterated the importance of promptly reporting emergencies to the state’s toll-free numbers, 767 or 112, to facilitate swift response and minimize property damage and loss of life.
“The ongoing awareness campaign builds upon recent simulation exercises involving public servants and market traders, demonstrating a proactive approach to community safety.
“Future outreach initiatives are planned to extend the campaign’s reach to diverse segments of the population, including grassroots communities, in order to foster a culture of fire safety awareness and preparedness” Adeseye maintained.