The Nasarawa State Chief Fire Officer, Alhaji Dogara Dalhatu, has called on the residents to be wary of their environment when roasting cashew nuts during the harmattan period to prevent sudden fire outbreak.
Dalhatu made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday.
He said the warning became necessary because the oil in cashew nuts was inflammable and could spill when roasting it, resulting to a fire outbreak.
He urged the residents to be extra vigilant while engaging in such activity, especially when they reside within inflammable materials.
“Many people don’t know but this activity is very dangerous because we are in the season when any little spark can culminate into a fire.
“We are also in the cashew season and children are bound to play or experiment with the cashew nuts.
“Most times you see children roasting it for whatever purposes but there is a danger to that because there is oil in the nuts that can spark a fire if not properly managed.
“The oil is very volatile. In the process of trying to roast the cashew nuts, there may be an explosion which can set a home ablaze,” he said.
Dalhatu advised the residents to always have fire extinguishers in their homes in case of any sudden fire outbreak.