Fire Service to Monitor Use and Sale of Gas
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service says it is closely monitoring the sale and use of cooking gas in the territory to ensure the safety of residents and prevent accidents.
FCT Fire Service Public Relation Officer, Timreh Jerry, stated this in an exclusive interview with correspondent Solomon Ndahi. According to Jerry, the move became necessary in view of recent accidents in Kaduna and Ebonyi states as well as the harmattan period.
He said: “There is a need for us to be cautious especially as those gas (stations) are within residential areas.”
“You don’t refill gas especially even in the hot afternoon because the temperature is very hot and gas is highly flammable, so a lot of it dissipates into the atmosphere and if it comes in contact with any slight ignition, it will just ignite and cause a lot of destruction.”
“If you go round those cities, you discover that some of them (gas stations) don’t have a time they can discharge, as soon as a customer brings in their cylinder, they start discharging, which is not very healthy.”
The PRO added that the service was engaging in serious public enlightenment and had also purchased firefighting equipment that will enhance their ability.
He further called on residents and gas operators to be cautious in how they handle the substance and to always draw the attention of the service in suspicious circumstances.