Residents of Ogun State have been urged to always be cautious of fire disaster, so as to prevent loss of lives and property in their various domains.
The Rector, Federal School of Surveying, Oyo, Dr. (Surv) Lola Olayinka stated this during the second annual built environment sustainability public lectures organised by a non- Governmental organisation, advocating for better built environment in Ijebu-Ode local Government area of the State.
Speaking on the theme, “Incessant Fire Disaster: Implications/Wayout on the Built Environment’’, Olayinka, listed the negative effects of fire outbreak to include; hazards to lives and property, atmospheric pollution and water contamination amongst others, adding that, ‘’human beings are the main factors and causes of fire due to human activities’’.
“We human beings are responsible for fire outbreaks; we drop cigarette everywhere, bush burning and using outdated wires for electrical appliances without knowing how to use fire equipment. All these causes fire outbreak and we need to curb it”, he noted.
Olayinka explained that, preventive measures could be taken through attitudinal maintenance, especially at home and on transit, adding that, individuals need to have necessary fire equipment such as; fire extinguisher, fire blanket, as well as, placing cylinder outside the home to prevent fire hazards.
Contributing, the Director, Ogun State Fire and Safety Service, Engr. Bambo Adesanya called for more enlightenment programmes on safety measures to prevent fire outbreaks, saying government was doing its best through jingles, fliers and other public enlightenment programmes and that the fire service agency was always at alert to rescue fire victims.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President/Founder, PROGENESIS Foundation, TPL Olatunji Olugbenga, said the foundation was out to promote the slogan, “Our collective safety begins at home”, which implies that every home should play an active role in the safety of the environment by having at least one fire fighting safety equipment at home.