Mr Rasak Fadipe, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service on Saturday said that the state recorded 1, 273 fire calls in 2017.
Fadipe said in Lagos, “In 2017, we responded to 1, 659 calls, out of which 1, 273 were fire calls.
“Two hundred and sixty (260) were rescue calls, 21 were on building collapses and 105 were false calls.“While the estimated amount saved for the period was N99.5 billion considering the kind of emergencies we responded to, the destroyed properties were estimated to bec N16.5 billion.
“We were able to rescue 531 persons from emergencies within the period,’’ Fadipe e said.
Fadipe also disclosed that the fire service had responded to some emergency calls this year.
“We responded to 153 emergency calls in January comprising 131 fire calls, 11 rescue calls and 11 false calls.
“Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 11, we effectively responded to 70 emergency calls, comprising 57 fire calls, eight rescue calls, one on building collapse and four false calls’’.
Fadipe said that the department’s advocacies on fire tips in the media and other forums had been yielding results and reduced the cases of fire incidents and other emergencies.
“We did not record serious emergencies during the harmattan period in 2017 compared to 2016.
“Cases of high rise buildings and markets going aflame had reduced as a result of our advocacies,’’ he said.
On gas shops situated in every street of the city/state , he commended the government for encouraging the public to use cooking gas.
He, however, advised those selling gas to always adhere to safety precautions to minimize hazards.
“Citing of gas plants definitely should not be in residential areas.
“And if it must be, we must make sure there is adequate safety and protection system and training of handlers.
“It is not allowed for anybody to sell gas in shops as we have it. It cannot be in a confined place but in open places.
“It is a great risk to sell gas in confined places, “he said.
He said that the National Fire Safety Code was against this trend.
According to him, carelessness of the part of the people has been the major cause of fire hazards. (NAN)