Guidelines on how to prevent fire outbreaks - FFS


BY FATI MUSA MARTE, MAY 23, 2022 | 06:11 PM

The Federal Fire Service has advised Nigerians to turn off kitchen appliances before going to work or bed to avoid fire outbreak.

The incidents in Nigeria has been increasing annually.

A publication by TheCable indicated that between 2020 and 2021, a total of 4, 541 calls regarding fire incidents were made to the fire service and 378 rescue emergencies were also recorded nationwide.

Speaking to Nigerians, the fire service said the advice is necessary as most fire incidents start from the kitchen.

It explained that the residence should make sure their stoves are turned off and well cleaned.

‘Turn off the stove if you must leave the room, and take pots and pans off the heat. Kitchens are not safe play areas.

‘Clean your stove grill after each use to prevent the build-up of fats and burnt foods, not doing that may eventually ignite a fire,’ said the service in a statement.

Other advisories include keeping a fire extinguisher or fire blanket at home.

Steps on how to use fire blanket

  1. Turn off the heat source if it is safe to do so (i.e., gas or electricity supply)

  2. Remove the fire blanket from its container.

  3. Hold the blanket in a shield position and by the fabric straps.

  4. Place the fire blanket over the flame to smother the blaze.

  5. Cover the whole area to cut off the airflow.

  6. Leave it to cool entirely and ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

  7. If the fire is larger than the blanket, do not attempt to put it out.

  8. Do not touch the fire blanket or anything underneath it.

  9. Wait for at least 60 minutes after the fire has been extinguished.

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