The Lagos State Government has urged residents to handle naked fire with utmost care in order to reduce the incidents of fire outbreaks, especially during this harmattan season.
State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. BABATUNDE ADEJARE who sounded this note of warning during an interactive section with newsmen in his office in Alausa said the warning became necessary in order to avoid disasters in the state.
According to him and I quote “As our environment becomes dusty and hazy with dryness to everything including trees, wooden items, leaves and furniture, we urge residents to be extremely careful with fire outbreaks because fire is nobody’s friend”. End of quote.
BABATUNDE ADEJARE also noted that harmattan currently being experienced in the state would subside at the end of February 2017 with intermittent breaks in January.
He warned Lagosians to avoid bush and solid waste burning during this period as well as the storage of petrol and other inflammable materials at homes, offices, shops and markets that could aid fire outbreak.
The commissioner noted that motorists should ensure that they have fire extinguishers in their vehicles, maintain speed limits due to the hazy weather condition which has reduced visibility to less than 10m.