Some environmentalists on Wednesday cautioned Nigerians against indiscriminate burning of refuse during the current harmattan due to the harsh weather.
They gave the warning in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
A retired university lecturer, Bassey Ating, said there was an urgent need to prepare against risks of fire outbreak as well as diseases resulting from severity of harmattan.
Ating, who taught Environmental Science at University of Calabar, said common health conditions during the harmattan included cold and catarrh, adding that inhaling smoke from dump site fire could also result in respiratory problems.
The environmentalist appealed to community leaders, stakeholders in the environment and disaster management to use this period to enlighten the public on effects of the current weather conditions