The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has revealed that a total of 624 fire incidents were recorded in December 2022 as compared to 567 in the same period of 2021.
The data means fire incidents in December 2022 increased by 10.1% as compared to December 2021
In a statement issued by the service on January 1, fire incident cases recorded between December 25 and December 31, 2022, only was Two Hundred and Twenty-Six (226).
The Ghana National Fire Service noted that the increase in fires, especially within the last week of December was due to the “careless use of electricity and electrical appliances, indiscriminate burning of rubbish, unattended cooking” among many others.
The GNFS also noted that no casualties were recorded in all these fires.
“However, 12 road traffic collision incidents responded to resulted in 34 injuries and two deaths in the last seven days of December 2022,” the statement added.
The statement further added that the number of fire cases recorded in December alone is very alarming and called on all stakeholders involved in the fire and public safety industry and the media to help its course in reducing fire outbreaks if possible put an end to it.
The services further urged opinion leaders of slum communities to collaborate more with the service during the dry season.
Below is the full statement