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The Greater Accra Regional Fire Commander-Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO), Ebenezer Simpson, has advised Drivers and Vehicle owners to be mindful of the growing number of unqualified Auto Mechanics in the system nowadays.
He urged the Drivers to allow only professionally trained Electricians, to work on their cars, in order to prevent vehicular fires especially in the Capital city Accra.
DCFO Ebenezer Simpson, disclosed this at a day’s fire safety education for Drivers, Passengers and Car Owners at the VVIP and Obra Spot Lorry Terminals at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra.
In an interview, he noted that, Vehicular fire has gone down by about 25% for the first half of 2017, compared to same period last year.
He said, “when you look at our data, there has been a significant reduction in the incident of Vehicular fires, when we compare last year to this year. As at August last year, we had recorded 89 Vehicular fires but this year, we’ve recorded 67 Vehicular fires. The difference is 22, that is about 25% reduction, we’ve done well but we still want to reduce the incident of Vehicular fires to the barest minimum,” he stated.
As part of the exercise, the officers demonstrated the usage of different fire extinguishers including a fire ball.
They also moved round and entered buses to interact and distribute brochures on fire tips and stickers to passengers.
He warned Drivers not to engage the services of people he called, “unmatured Auto Electricians” to work on electrical faults on their cars.
“You agree with me that if the person who is working on your electrical system in the Vehicle is not a qualified person, there is likelihood of that person messing up the whole system and it can lead to fire outbreak,” he stated.
He however, urged the Drivers to constantly monitor the fuel transmission system from the fuel tank to the engine compartment, and promptly report any little spillage to their mechanics.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah
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