The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the first half of the year attended to a total of 3,678 outbreaks in the country.

The Service said these fire outbreaks are estimated in terms of cost and damage to properties at GHS30,197,948.20.

This is a rise against the same period last year with 3030 fires with a corresponding estimated cost of damage to properties at GHS24,236,113.

3,678 fires recorded in first half of 2022 - Fire Service

The GNFS also indicated that the cost of items salvaged from these fires amounted to GHS7,997,729,00 for the period under review as against GHS528,632.00 for the same period in 2021.

“An average of 20 fires were recorded in a day during the first half year of 2022 as against 17 for the same period in 2021. 35 lives were unfortunately lost in 2022 through these fires. 

“185 deaths were recorded through road traffic collision incidents as against 2022 for the same period in 2021.”

3,678 fires recorded in first half of 2022 - Fire Service
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“17 lives also perished through other rescue missions (flooding, depths, and heights rescue) as against 14 for the same period in 2021,” a statement from the GNFS said. 

According to the institution, 1091 out-on-arrival cases were recorded in the half year of 2022 as against 977 for the same period in 2021.

However, 84 rescues were recorded during the period under review in 2022 as against 71 for the same period in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Region recorded the highest number of 722 fires which represent 19.63% of the total fires for the first half year of 2022.

3,678 fires recorded in first half of 2022 - Fire Service

It was followed closely by Greater Acera Region with 690 which represent 18.76% while Volta Region recorded the lowest figure of l6 fires representing 0.44%.

The Service noted that some of the causes of these fires are “electrical faults which stem from circuit overload; arcing: short circuits; inferior cables; compromised or poorly done electrical installations; over-aged wires and earthing problems: Gas leakages; unattended cooking: unattended lit candles; mosquito coils: matches und poorly done hot works from welding and deliberate acts.”

“The fires recorded suggest a downward trend from 1090 in January to 342 in June 2022.

3,678 fires recorded in first half of 2022 - Fire Service

The high number of out-on-arrival cases of 1,091 also suggests that the education and sensitization programs of the Service are impacting positively on the general public as they are now able to manage small fires.”

It has, however, attributed an increase in the fires to the harsh harmattan weather experienced in the first three months of the year 2022 and non-adherence to basic fire safety precautions, especially in our domestic settings.