As of recent, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) workers have been sharing the news of them visiting areas of Nigeria affected by flood and donating relief materials.
Today, however, NEMA warned Nigerians, especially those in Lagos state, about the fast-approaching dry season, and urged them to be safety-conscious.
Talking to the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent on the phone, Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman for NEMA southwest branch, said the southwest was a windstorm disaster-prone zone which usually aided the spread of fire during the dry season.
“The dry season is fast approaching as we are getting towards the end of the year. It is important for people to know this in order to curtail persistent fire outbreaks, which commonly occurs during the dry season,” he said.
“Most residential buildings in Lagos state also serve as shop space. They over populate the buildings and expose occupants to dangers such as fire outbreak. Shop owners and residents should always be cautious in handling flammable materials and electrical appliances to avoid fire outbreak.
“Most shop owners are careless in handling such appliances; they mostly forget to put out their appliances after the close of work. This can later lead to fire outbreaks if not properly managed in populated environment. It poses high risk of damage to occupants and their properties,” Farinloye stated.
He prompted market associations that had benefited from the agency’s sensitisation campaigns against fire outbreak to enlighten other shop-owners.
“We need to continue sensitising and informing the public on the importance of safety measures in residential and business environments to curtail fire outbreaks,” he added.
Lagos has a tropical wet and dry climate with two distinct rainy seasons. The more intense one occurs between April and July, with a milder one from October to November. At the peak of the rainy season,the weather in Lagos is wet about half the time. Lagos experiences a dry season (when it rains less than two days per month) during August and September, as well as between December and March, accompanied by harmattan winds from the Sahara Desert, which are at their strongest from December to early February.