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BFP 6 leads opening of Fire Prevention Month, issues tips

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (29 February) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection, Region 6 (BFP 6) will lead the opening ceremony of the Fire Prevention Month today (March 1) with an early morning fun run, motorcade, Mass, and blowing of fire-truck sirens.

Fire Prevention Month is observed every year per Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A aimed at raising the level of awareness of the public of the ways to prevent fires and save lives and properties.

In Western Visayas, Inspector Hercules Barneso, chief of Fire Safety Enforcement section of the Bureau of Fire Protection 6, disclosed in a PIA interview that about 1,037 fire incidents was recorded in year 2007, and damage to properties amounted to P127,538,684.55. The BFP 2007 Report also disclosed that seventeen (17) civilians were killed and 41 were injured.

In connection with the month-long observance, the BFP 6 urged the public to observe the following fire prevention measures:

Candles and Lamps: Do not set the lamp too close to the curtain; never read in bed by candle or lamp; do not leave a burning candle unattended; Vehicular fires: Do not smoke or use an open flame while refueling and when inspecting the gas tank, the radiator or the battery; install a portable fire extinguisher in your vehicles; check wiring insulation frequently to avoid short circuit; Cigarettes and Matches: Never smoke in bed; do not allow cigar and cigarette butts into the waste basket. Always have ashtray available in your home; crush your cigarette thoroughly before discarding them; strictly obey "no smoking" sign; keep matches and lighter away from the reach of children.

Electrical Equipments and Appliance: Unplug electrical appliance after use; avoid octopus connections; don't replaced blown fuse with tin foil, wire or metal to short circuit the current. Use only approved standard fuse; don't leave electric iron with the current on; never let electrical cords trail across floors or under rugs; don't hang electrical wiring cover pipes, nails, etc.; avoid the use of illegal electrical connections.

When your clothes catch fire, do not run. Running fans the flame; drop to the ground; roll over and put out the flame, cover your face with your hands for protection; the victim can be helped by covering with any heavy woolen cloth to smother the flame.

The BFP also reminded the public not to panic, stay calm but act quickly.

The fire prevention month celebration theme is "Prevent Fire: Be Informed, Get Involved". (PIA) [top]

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