It is that time of the year when every thing goes dry. Apart from the cold and dust that it brings, harmattan also comes with gusty winds. The level of dust in the air is so thick during this period that it severely limits visibility and blocks the sun for several days, comparable to a heavy fog. This could cause spontaneous nosebleeds, increase in cases of conjunctivitis, asthma, and dry cough among others, during the period.
So staying warm is needed. Bush burning to clear farm site or to hunt rodents and other animals should be minimised or avoided. Also, burning refuse dump should be greatly minimized this period.
The fire services nationwide should be properly equipped and ready to respond to emergencies promptly. It is inexcusable that in an environment prone to fire outbreaks, fire service department will lack water to fight fire. Water hydrant in specific areas in towns and villages is a good way to start in the preparation.
It is important to enlighten people about the hazards of handling fire in the dry season, and to anticipate emergencies and prepare for them.