‘Carry out a periodic electrical audit on the installations’

He said such an audit should be carried out by certified electricians to help detect faulty electrical installations to prevent possible fires.

DCFO Gibril gave the advice in an interview with the Ghanaian time in Accra yesterday.

He said 209 cases of fires were recorded in the region from January to February 20 this year, resulting in two people being killed and three others injured.

DCFO Gibril mentioned that most of the causes of outbreaks recorded in Accra included household, electrical and vehicle fires.

The commander said that as part of efforts to reduce the fires in the area, his team had stepped up public awareness programs to lessen the impact.

He said firefighting teams would also be established in the municipal command in the area to help with the awareness campaign.

DCFO Gibril said the department has also stepped up its fire risk assessments in public places to ensure fire safety compliance.

He said the command would also engage with relevant stakeholders including Ghana Water Company, Ghana Electricity Company and Metropolitan District Assemblies and the media.

He said internal staff training would also be stepped up.

He mentioned some of the challenges affecting their service operations such as accessibility to scenes during fires.

The commander said people also failed to call the GNFS in time, adding that delays in contacting them on emergency numbers had compounded problems at the scene.

He said the public should endeavor to call the GNFS emergency numbers 192 and 112 in the event of an emergency or fire and also provide a reliable address at the scene of the emergency.

The regional commander said the outbreak of the fires affected both the individual and the nation as a whole, which must be avoided.

He urged the public to install first-aid fire equipment such as smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguishers, among others, to help in an emergency.

DCFO Gibril said fire safety issues should be a priority at all times, adding that fire safety was a collaborative effort, saying, “Everyone should follow fire safety rules and practice the steps to take to Ensure the security.

He said the public should endeavor to switch off electrical appliances in homes and offices when not in use.