Lagos – As Christian faithful celebrate Yuletide, the Lagos State Fire and Safety Service has cautioned against the use of firecrackers during and after the festival.
Mr Rasaq Fadipe, the Director of the agency, gave the warning on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The fire service boss noted that igniting of firecrackers was a major cause of fires, especially in the dry season.
“This has resulted in needless loss of lives and property.
“The law which prohibits the use of firecrackers is still in force and as residents celebrate the yuletide, we urge them to comply with the law.
“Throwing firecrackers in the name of celebration has a lot of safety implications as it could lead to deaths, permanent disabilities and destruction of property.
“The Boxing Day inferno in Jankara on Lagos Island last year which resulted in massive loss of property was caused by firecrackers.
“We appeal to residents to avert a repeat of such tragedies and celebrate in ways that would not constitute danger or nuisance to them and their neighbours,’’ Fadipe said.
Fadipe also warned against burning of refuse, storage of inflammable items such as fuel that could wreak havoc during the harmattan.
He added:“The weather is dry now, so any fire could spread easily because of its dryness.
“This is a delicate season and I hope residents will be very careful not to do things that could cause fire.’’
Fadipe urged parents to monitor their children during the period to ensure that they did not compromise public safety.
“This is the time many people acquire new electrical appliances so they can enjoy the holiday with their families.
“As they use their equipment, they should be safety conscious. They should not put too much load on their sockets as this can cause sparks that could lead to fire.
“They should switch off all appliances when they are not in use and electrical faults should be cleared immediately.’’(NAN)