The Ghana National Fire Service has called for greater public compliance in the clampdown exercise on buildings with old wiring as part of efforts to forestall fire outbreaks in the country.
The service has blamed most of the fires recorded annually on old degraded wiring.
Speaking to in an interview, the Public Relations Officer of the Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglate, said electrical wires deteriorate over time and once they remain in use beyond their lifespan, they become disasters-in-waiting, hence the need for members of the public to embrace the ongoing exercise.
He said: “We will definitely try to let the people understand the importance of the fire safety audit that we will be doing in their premises that will reduce or mitigate the fire hazard or any other general hazard that might be associated with their home.”
He noted that owners of buildings found with old wires would be given ample time to do the rewiring.
According to him: “We don’t have any hard-and-fast rule to say it should take you two or three weeks long to change your wiring – that will depend on how large the premise is and how threatening the situation could be.”