Crime & Investigation

Police Tip Public On Fire Prevention Tactics

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This request was made by ASP Clyde Bernard Ssembuusi, see the Fire Prevention and Safety officer in charge of Wakiso in an exclusive interview with Chimpreports on Monday.

“Some members of the public lack the spirit of nationalism because in most cases when the fire brigade truck is on the way heading for its duties, road users don’t want to give way which delays us to arrive late at the scene of accidents,’’ noted Ssembuusi who added that the Fire Brigade officers are always attacked by the people who blame them for arriving late at the scenes of fire incidents.

He further observed that it is the “responsibility of everyone to make sure that we prevent fire outbreaks in all forms possible rather than leaving it to the fire brigade officers,” adding, “fire accidents are indiscriminate.”

Ssembuusi therefore advised people to always follow the fire safety precautions and construction guidelines.

“Most people construct garages near kitchens or fire places but with substandard walls which are later penetrated by the heat which lights up the petrol in the vehicle hence setting the houses ablaze,’’ he warned.


Ssembuusi further cautioned them public not to use unqualified personnel in installing electric appliances because most fire outbreaks in homes have been attributed to short circuits and poor wiring.

The remarks come at a time of increased fire cases in the country.

Last week fire gutted Kalerwe furniture market, destroying property worth millions of shillings.

He therefore advised the public to always turn up for the fire sensitization campaigns since “it is only through these campaigns that the general public may be able to acquire fire fighting and safety tips.”

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