According to the most recent statistics provided by the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), a total of 3,678 fires were reported during the first half of 2022, with an estimated cost of GHC30 million in property damage.
According to official GNFS data, 3,030 fires were reported over the same time period in 2021, with a matching estimated cost of GHC24 million in property damage.
The Ghana National Fire Service has urged the public to only purchase Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders from authorized dealers and to avoid using refurbished ones as part of efforts to decrease fire breakouts throughout the nation, particularly at the residential level.
A fire service spokesperson Desmond Ackah said: “We have been recording over the period some level of gas explosion fires and that actually prompted us to intensify our surveillance in that area.”
“I believe they themselves do not even know the dangers that they put themselves into, apart from putting the lives of people at risk. And then also selling cylinders which does not meet safety and pressure standards.
“Therefore what we are going to do this time around is to intensify education, so that the punitive measures such as serving jail terms and be made to even pay some monies would be enforced. That is why the police have been [brought] in to help us achieve that. That is going to be deterrent enough for people to stop engaging in criminal and illegal activities,” Ackah said.
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