OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday urged Nigerians to install carbon monoxide detectors in their cars, houses, and offices in other to preserve their lives from hazardous effects.
The admonition of the red chamber followed a motion by Senator Gbolahan Dada (APC, Ogun) on the need to encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Nigeria.
Speaking on his motion, Dada revealed that apart from deaths occurring due to security challenges in the country, many Nigerians are also losing their lives to the deadly effect of carbon monoxide from motor vehicles, houses, offices, and factories.
He described carbon monoxide as “a silent killer” as it has no smell, taste or sound to enable persons inhaling it to detect.
“It was reported in ThisDay newspaper edition of 5th September, 2018 that a family of six in Igboetche community, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State lost their lives to generator fumes, a component of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“At the moment, there is nothing on ground to create awareness on the devastating effect of carbon monoxide most especially in work places and factories where innocent workers are exposed to this killer almost on daily basis,” he said.
Besides calling on Nigerians to adopt the use of carbon monoxide detectors, the red chamber also directed the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Federal Ministry of Information, and Federal Ministry of Labour to create awareness through Radio, Television, Newspapers and mass media on the use of the detectors.