The Lagos State Government has warned residents against indiscriminate handling and storage of combustible items in homes and warehouses across the state.
It said that the quantum loss of lives, property and continuous litigations attached to the storage of combustible items could be prevented if they become safety conscious.
It gave the warning through a joint statement released by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Olugbenga Oyerinde, and Director General Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, yesterday.
Oyerinde said it has become imperative to alert the public on the need to be more safety conscious; the risks inherent in transporting and handling combustible materials, fuels, chemicals and other dangerous goods are huge, leading to quantum loss of lives, property and litigations.
Mojola added that the value for lives cannot be quantified with whatever reasons for the transportation and storage of combustible items including fuels in homes and warehouses across Lagos.
To avert the loss of lives and property within the state, the Safety boss disclosed that the Commission has commenced a ‘SAFETY FOR YOU’ campaign aimed at making safety a priority for every Lagosian.
According to him, the campaign focuses on raising awareness and encouraging proactive safety measures in personal, occupational and business contexts.
“Stockpiling of chemicals and combustibles carry the risk of explosions and fire outbreaks under excessive pressure and temperature in the state.
“Our safety and that of our neighbors is sacrosanct and that is why we are advising members of the public to take responsibility of joining the government to protect our communities from danger. So, when you see something, please say something. An injury to one is an injury to all.”
He stressed that officers of the Commission were already going round to ensure everywhere is safe for all and sundry.
Mojola, meanwhile, urged artisans and tradesmen to seek professional advice on handling combustibles goods as well as moving them from one location to another within the State.
He admonished the public to report stockpiles of any form of dangerous goods to 07000SAFETY or to the nearest security agencies.”