Harmattan: Jigawa fire directorate warns farmers against indiscriminate bush burning

Bush burning
Bush burning

Ahmed Danyaro, the Director, Jigawa State Fire Directorate, has advised farmers against indiscriminate bush burning and careless use of fire during the harmattan period.

Danyaro gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Friday.

He said the advice became necessary to avoid fire disasters during the dry season as most of the houses in rural communities were thatched and could easily catch fire.

He assured that the directorate would continue to sensitise the public on the dangers posed by the harmattan wind, especially as it relates to fire.

“People, particularly rural dwellers, must be careful while burning bushes.

“They must also avoid indiscriminate setting of bushes ablaze in the name of preparing their farmlands for another farming season.

“This is because fire, particularly during the harmattan can escalate and consume valuables, including houses and even human lives, if care is not taken,’’ he warned.

The director also advised housewives and local food vendors across the state to ensure that they quenched fire used after cooking to avoid fire outbreak.

According to him, people must also be careful while using candles and kerosene lanterns in their homes, as they are capable of igniting fire.

“Office workers must also ensure that they switch off all electronic appliances before closing from office.

“Other residents should also endeavour to switch off electrical appliances before leaving their houses and while going to bed to avoid fire that can happen as a result of power surge,’’ Danyaro further advised. (NAN)

– Jan. 4, 2019 @ 13:55 GMT |

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