For sometimes now, fire has been causing havoc in Monrovia and other parts of the country, leaving several persons dead, hundreds of people homeless, and thousands worth of properties destroyed. Most, if not all of these fire incidents, had been attributed to abandoned lit candle.
The fire incident in Saye Town, Monrovia, which left more than 200 persons homeless and properties destroyed, is the latest in the series of many fire incidents in Monrovia and other parts of the country.
Usually, these pitiful fire incidents are followed by SOS Calls by the victims for help to rebuild their destroyed homes. For us, we are seriously concerned about the fire incidents as they are worrisome and troubling.
While we highly appreciate the gestures by the Liberian government, the Liberian National Red Cross, fire fighters, church groups and other disaster relief organizations for always responding to these tragedies, we think there is an urgent need to embark on maximum awareness campaign regarding the danger of abandoning lit candle.
If maximum awareness campaign is carried out about the threat abandoned candle poses, sincerely, we believe, the incessant fire incidents would be drastically reduced, if not gotten rid of. This is why we are calling on the government, disaster relief organizations, the media among others to begin educating the populace about the risk involved in abandoning lit candle.
It is often said that prevention is better than cure, and henceforth, let us take the recommended campaign seriously as was done in the case of Polio campaign or else lit candle would continue to take way more lives, displace people and destroy properties, especially in homes where candles are used.