Substandard electrical machines in charge of the expansion in flame episode in Lagos-LASG

The Lagos State Government has identified the influx of substandard
electrical appliances into Lagos as one of the major causes of the
increased rate of fire incident in the state. ‎
The Government in a statement signed by the
Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Oluseye
Oladejo, said preliminary investigation by his office and the State
Fire Service Director, Rasak Fadipe, revealed that installation of
substandard electrical appliances in most cases trigger fire outbreaks,
adding that all hands to be on deck to forestall future occurrences. The
government called on the Standard Organization of Nigeria SON to rise
of to its responsibility to check the standard of materials coming into
the state.

The commissioner urged residents to be more vigilant and look out for
only quality electrical appliances in the market as well as ensure that
they patronise only qualified electricians to install same in their
homes. He also urged Electricity Generation (Gencos) and Distribution
Companies (Discos) to look into the power voltage made available to
customers to prevent power surge resulting from high voltage which could
cause fire outbreak. He said the state government will continue do
everything within the confines of the law to ensure that lives and
property of its citizenry are secured.

“The government is not in any way comfortable in the number of fire
incidents that have occurred in the last few months and therefore
government will not look the other way while this increase in fire
disasters continues. People should be more proactive to make sure that
they switch off electrical appliances when they are going to bed and
when they are also leaving their offices. This will go a long way in
reducing, if not totally eliminating the incidence of fire outbreaks in
the state which has unfortunately led to the loss of lives and property
in recent time. Fire outbreaks in our homes, markets and offices are
totally unacceptable and we must do something about it,” he said.

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