Fire and Safety Services in Nigeria is a JOKE!
May03

Fire and Safety Services in Nigeria is a JOKE!

Today I got a visit from an official from Fire and Safety Services, Lagos, Nigeria! The guy walks into my office saying he has my Fire Safety Certificate and I needed to pay N10,500 for it. N10,500? Just like that? I was surprised. When did I request for it, I thought to myself. Here is how our conversation went. Professor Ike (PI): When did you come to inspect and carry out an assessment? He was taken aback by my question. He tried...

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Teaching children about fire safety
Oct30

Teaching children about fire safety

So a few days ago, I had to teach the Year 8 students at my mum’s school about Fire Safety – a requirement in their Technology subject due to the fact they they would soon be doing lots of practicals in the laboratory and would work with chemicals and electricity a lot! Earlier, in the term, I had taught them First Aid in 3 seperate lessons/periods (will write on this soon). It has been exciting for me as I haven’t...

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#FireSafety: Are we getting it all wrong?
Oct10

#FireSafety: Are we getting it all wrong?

It’s fire prevention week and the theme is “Hear the beep where you sleep”. While it is important to have working smoke alarms, I can’t help but think about some of the fire accidents that have stayed with me over the years and how the deaths could have been prevented. I didn’t witness any of them but I followed them closely. I am also not blaming anyone (except those who lock up employees and leave no...

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Why bother testing your smoke alarm?
Apr14

Why bother testing your smoke alarm?

Recently, my cousin was cooking late at night. She forgot the cooking on and slept off only to be woken by the sound of her smoke alarm. She was pretty shaken and asked me why people don’t hear their smoke alarms and die in fires. My answer? Most of the time smoke alarms don’t go off when there is a fire/smoke because their batteries have run out and people often don’t find out because they haven’t been testing their smoke alarms. Or...

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