HOME FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur has launched Home Fire Safety Campaign at the Fire Academy and Training School at James Town in Accra.
The Home Safety Campaign is an initiative of the Ghana National Fire Service aimed at putting in place a strategy to drive home the need to adopt and put in place fire safety measures at home to ensure that, such fires are prevented. This is because, research has shown that most home fires are preventable. However these are the most dangerous fires that claim a lot of lives.
Her Excellency, Mrs. Amissah-Arthur said home fires do not only destabilize the family but put women, children and the aged who are the most vulnerable, at risk and they suffer the most when such incidents occur. She added that in addition to loss of lives and injuries sustained in some of these home fires by survivors, properties running into several millions of Cedis are damaged or destroyed.
The Second Lady indicated that when fires occur, they leave in their wake poverty to families, society and the Nation at large. She aasked that appropriate measures must be put in place to ensure that preventable home fires are nibbed in the bud to avoid the unnecessary loss to life, property, injury, and agony that families endure through fire outbreaks in the home.
Mrs. Amissah-Arthur said the time has come for everyone to take fire safety and prevention serious so that we can build a better Nation for ourselves, our children and the generation yet unborn. She urged all to say ‘NO’ to activities and attitudes that compromise fire safety.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of the Interior who read the Ministers speech commended the Command and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service for the recent initiatives in the Service and especially the Home Fire Safety concept. She indicated that Fire safety and prevention was an important issue and a shared responsibility of every individual, the community, District, Municipal and Metropolitan Authorities, to keep families safe.
Mrs. Annor-Kumi stressed that Home Fire safety should embrace the entire community and should provide continuous service to maintain a reasonably safe environment in which families and members of the community can pursue their various activities, and by which the Ghana National Fire Service can fulfill its mission. She continued by saying that the essence of Home Fire Safety was to protect and assist members of the community and to safeguard their property and resources, and to ensure that all persons regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation are safe in the home and in the community.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr Albert Brown Gaisie in his welcome address said that negligence, carelessness and ignorance had always been the underlying factors leading to domestic fires. He stressed that that stemmed from the improper use of candles to leaving cooking pots and electrical gadgets unattended, adding that “most domestic fires have been recorded as a result of these three (3) factors – negligence, carelessness, and ignorance. There is therefore the need to dig deeper to find solutions to ensuring safety ;in the mist of people ignoring safety education with impunity.”
Dr. Gaisie said that the trapping and burning to death of some Ghanaians in their own homes recently further bring to the fore, the urgent need to embark on the Home Safety Campaign to ensure the total safety of the citizenry, especially in their homes.