Providing Fire Extinguisher To Curb Fire Disaster In The State

Mr Olushola Shokunle, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Special Duties has advocated that each building should have a fire extinguisher to curb fire disasters in the state.
Shokunle made the suggestion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
He said, “If we can come up with a law that will mandate each building to have fire extinguishers, it will go a long way to prevent some fire incidents.
“If any fire comes up, the people can battle the fire before the arrival of fire services agents to the scene.
“Fire starts little before escalating; most of the fire cases can be prevented with fire extinguishers as small as 5kg. Many of them can be tackled; it is good.’’
The lawmaker, who expressed regrets that people only resort to the use of water in cases of fire incidents, said that the committee would review some of the state’s safety laws.
He added that some laws in the state fire service and penalties were outdated and needed urgent review.
The lawmaker, who described the fine of N200 prescribed for safety offenders as ridiculous, said that fines should be reasonable and meet reality of the time.
According to him, the committee will work with the executive arm to review some of the laws and enact a law to mandate each house to have fire extinguishers to combat emergencies.


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