The National Emergency Management Agency blamed the rising rates of fire incidents in markets recently due to the extremely dry weather before the rainy season.

They urged that individuals should leverage insurance companies to safeguard and protect their property and businesses as a form of risk transfer in case of fire.

This was disclosed in a statement by NEMA DG, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, over rising fire incidents in some communities and markets nationwide recently.

Dry season: Mustapha Ahmed stated that fire, like  any other disaster, has been part of human existence, but the frequency and impacts of this in recent weeks have necessitated a serious concern and call for action by all stakeholders, adding:

  • “In December last year, I had the cause to alert the public to the dangers of fire disasters during the dry season.
  • “As with the onset of the dry season, the present onset of the rainy season is also characterised by typical windstorms that easily propagate combustible matter in form of dry vegetation and agricultural wastes,’’
  • .“The best firefighting technique is prevention. The best way to prevent a fire is to create awareness and develop a culture of safety and resilience among authorities, communities and individual members of the public.”

Preventive measures: He added that emergency agencies and media should help spread awareness and prepare Nigerians with the necessary response needed, including insurance, stating:

  • “Efforts should aim at measures and procedures for averting fire outbreaks, early detection and timely response to save lives and minimise damage and economic losses.
  • “All hands must be on deck to reduce fire disasters and all associated human and material losses across Nigeria.
  • “Government agencies, corporate organisations, private businesses and individuals should endeavour to leverage insurance companies to safeguard and protect their property and businesses as a form of risk transfer in case of fire.”

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