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The Lagos State Fire Service has raised concerns over the alarming surge in fire incidents across Lagos State, attributing a significant portion of these disasters to human carelessness and negligence towards safety protocols.

In an exclusive interview, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Fire Service, emphasized that a staggering 80% of emergency fire outbreaks are the direct result of human carelessness or disregard for safety measures. This revelation sheds light on the urgent need for heightened awareness and proactive safety measures among residents.

The spokesperson emphasized that while natural causes and accidents account for some fire incidents, the majority stem from preventable human actions. He stressed the importance of understanding and adhering to safety guidelines, particularly in the context of electrical appliances and power supply.

In addition to highlighting the primary causes of fire incidents, the spokesperson addressed concerns regarding the potential impact of the harmattan season on fire outbreaks. While harmattan itself does not cause fires, it can exacerbate existing fire hazards created by human activities.

Head of Public Education, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Shakiru Amodu, speaks to VICTORIA EDEME
Head of Public Education, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Shakiru Amodu, speaks to VICTORIA EDEME

Reflecting on the statistics from 2023, which saw a total of 2,537 emergency reports, the spokesperson underscored the need for a concerted effort to mitigate fire risks. Among these incidents, 80% were attributed to carelessness, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive safety education and enforcement.

The spokesperson also provided insights into recent fire incidents, including the unfortunate event at the Mandilas building and the Abule-Egba Plank Market. He emphasized the importance of community vigilance and adherence to safety protocols to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Addressing concerns about public safety education initiatives, the spokesperson acknowledged the challenges in reaching all residents effectively. While efforts have been made to educate communities about fire safety, more work is needed to instill a culture of safety consciousness among the populace.

In light of recent attacks on firefighters and emergency personnel, the spokesperson emphasized the importance of collaboration with security agencies and community leaders to ensure the safety of responders. Despite these challenges, the Lagos State Fire Service remains committed to its mission of safeguarding lives and property.

As the country continues to grow and evolve, the importance of proactive fire safety measures cannot be overstated. It is incumbent upon residents, businesses, and authorities alike to prioritize safety consciousness and take proactive steps to prevent fire incidents and mitigate risks effectively.

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