THE Sunyani Municipal Rural Fire Co-ordinator, Mr Emmanuel C. Ansong, has advised electricians to use the right cables and fuses in their work to help prevent domestic and other electrical fires in the municipality.
According to him, most of the domestic, industrial and other electricity related fires were caused by the sub-standard cables and fuses used by some electricians when wiring houses.
Mr Ansong gave the advice at the inauguration of the Electrical Engineering Technicians Association of Ghana (EETAG) in Sunyani.
He also urged residents or prospective house owners in the municipality and elsewhere in the region to engage qualified electricians for their jobs.
The association has a 10-member executive, with Mr Joseph Kwame Woli as its President and Mr Yaw Asare-Bediako, as vice-president.
Other executive members of the association are Mr James Owusu, Secretary; Mr Enoch Frimpong, Treasurer; Mr Ginny Tetteh Ashang , Organiser and Mr Stephen Acqua as the Porter.
The aims and objectives of the association include improving the skills of members, fostering mutual love and understanding among members and catering for the welfare of members during occasions such as marriages, naming of children, sicknesses and death of a close relative.
Mr Ansong further urged the members not to force electricians to purchase cheap electrical cables and other accessories since most of the electrical fires recorded were the result of these sub-standard products.
He however, stressed the need for members of EETAG to work hand-in-hand with the Northern Electricity Department and the Ghana National Fire Service for fire-safety to be upheld.
A lecturer at the Electrical Department of the Sunyani Polytechnic, Mr Archimery Gyimah, said plans were far advanced at the polytechnic to start evening classes for artisans and other people who had practical training in electrical engineering to upgrade their knowledge and obtain certificates to help them bid for contracts.
He also challenged members of EETAG to ensure quality work.
The President of EETAG, Mr Joseph Woli, promised that the association would live up to expectation.