The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the Ashanti Region has reported a reduction in fire-related fatalities for the year 2023. According to the release, nine individuals tragically lost their lives in fire incidents throughout the region. However, this figure marks a significant decrease from the 15 deaths recorded in 2022 and a substantial decline from the alarming toll of 1058 in 2022.
The report further highlighted the contrasting figures of property damage and preservation. The value of properties lost in fires during 2023 amounted to GH₵ 226,701,206, a considerable drop from the GH₵ 26,400,710 cedis lost in 2022. Conversely, properties saved in 2023 totaled GH₵ 370,050,480, showcasing a substantial improvement from the GH₵ 34,231,245 saved the previous year.
The causes of these fire incidents, as outlined in the report, pointed towards avoidable factors such as misuse of electricity, naked lights, electrical faults, gas leaks, and unattended cooking. Had proper precautions been taken, many of these fires could have been prevented.
Acknowledging the decline in fatalities and property damage, credit was given to the collaborative efforts of firefighters, fire rescuers, local community members, media involvement, and the ongoing fire safety education team.
In a statement signed by ACFO Henry Giwah, he emphasized the importance of continued vigilance and proactive measures in preventing fires, urging the public to remain cautious and adhere to safety guidelines.