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Personal Safety: Agency warns consumers against storing fuel in homes, fire outbreaks

*The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency has activated fire safety campaigns as it cautions residents of Abuja to be safety-conscious at all times to avoid falling victims to fire-induced disasters

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of increasing spate of fire outbreaks around the country in recent times, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned Abuja residents to desist from storing fuel in houses and shops to avoid fire outbreaks.

Mr. Abbas Idriss, Director-General of FEMA, who gave the warning in a statement Wednesday in Abuja, expressed concern over the incidence of frequent fire outbreaks in the FCT and blamed the incidents on human error and misuse of electrical appliances.

The Director-General stated: “I urge residents of the FCT to cooperate with the Federal Capital Territory Administration by being safety-conscious at all times to avoid falling victims to fire disasters.

“I also urge them to always put off electrical appliances when not in use, check gas cylinders before purchase to avoid buying expired gas cylinders.

Idriss said the “residents should also desist from buying sub-standard electrical appliances and avoid manipulating electrical installations to suit their personal gains.”

He urged residents and shop owners in the FCT to ensure that their goods and property get insured with registered insurance companies in the country.

According to him, the agency has embarked on fire safety campaigns, using the media to educate residents on safety measures and management against disasters.

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