The Station Fire Officer at the Francistown Fire Brigade, Nkgethelang John, last week warned the Francistown business community to be on the lookout for criminals who roam the city pretending to be fire inspectors. The crooks are said to pray on unsuspecting business people, visiting their premises and pretending to inspect their fire equipment, then charging them a fee.
“Some of these criminals will tell you to regularly refill your fire extinguishers, and then offer to do it for you for a fee. The truth is that fire extinguishers should be refilled every year,” Nkgethelang said.
He also urged the business community to pack their equipment and goods properly so that they can be easily salvaged in case a fire breaks out.
“It is not advisable to pack your goods up to the roof because some of them are highly flammable and may easily catch fire when they get in touch with light bulbs and other electric appliances,” he said.
He also urged the business people to visit the fire brigade and learn about the services that they have to offer.
“The fire brigade is not only there to put out fires. We have a wide range of other services that we offer. Such services include emergency assistance and first aid,” he said.
Nkgethelang also urged the business people to give their employees first aid training so that they can be of assistance in case of emergencies.
The workshop was meant to share information with the business community under the theme promoting an educated and informed business community.