The Ghana National Fire Service, Kumasi has revealed that the Ashanti Region recorded an annual average of 230 fire outbreaks in the last 10 years.
According to statistics, the alarming situation also resulted in the loss of property to the tune of over GHC500 million during the period.
Desmond Ackah, the assistant divisional officer at the regional head office of the GNFS, said their investigation further revealed that most of the fires across board is a result of the use of substandard cables.
He used the opportunity to advise the public to engage professionals for their wiring and electrical work on their buildings.
“Because of economic considerations, some people go in for cheap cables for wiring without considering the fact that such cables have little resistivity as far as fire outbreaks are a concern,” he opined at the workshop for electricians in Kumasi, organised by Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited.
The event was to educate electricians and electrical contractors on the need to use quality and standardised cables for wiring.