By Ezra Musa
Ishaya Chinoko, North West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, said people should be careful in handling inmflamable materials especially as harmattan season is on.
He advised the traders to always keep roads in the market free, to enable easy access to fire trucks in case of emergencies.
The NEMA zonal coordinator said the sensitisation was in collaboration with NYSC NEMA Vanguard.
“Fire is a good friend of human but if misused will lead to devastating consequences.
“This is one of the most patronised markets in Kaduna and instead of putting their goods inside, they are using it to block the road which will make it difficult for fire trucks or others to offer response in emergency situations.
“Last year we had several fire at Panteka building materials section.
“It is our carelessness and attitude to fire that makes it uncontrolled.
President of NEMA NYSC Club Kaduna North LGA, Kudu Bashir Mohammed, said that the season of harmattan needs more sensitization on safety tips on fire incidents.
“We are here to carry out sensization to traders. We are in dry season and one of the things that happens is fire outbreak which leads to loss of lives and property.
“As a business person, off your electrical appliances before you leave your shop at closing hour.
“We are not praying for it, but if fire outbreak comes up, it is good to have knowledge of measures to take. For instance if you have detergent and water, you can use it as a measure of controlling fire.
“We are also sensitizing them on how to tackle fire outbreak at homes like gas apart from electrical appliances,” he said.
He assured that all the traders would be educated on the need to keep the roads at the market clear, as well as safety tips on fire prevention handed out to them.