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Kerosene lamps are main cause of fire in Ifugao - BFP study

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (6 March) -- As the nation celebrates Fire Prevention Month this March, the Bureau of Fire Protection here bared that most of the cases of fire in the province last year were blamed on kerosene lamps.

Senior Fire Officer 1 Jonathan Sarol said that of the nine houses burned in 2009, most were attributed to kerosene lamps that were accidentally kicked by a family member while sleeping.

Luckily nobody perished in said incidents which happened mostly in the barangays, Sarol said.

Sarol said that there were two cases of forest fires in the municipality of Lamut which happened recently. He said the fires were caused by cigarette butt which could have been thrown on a grassy area. "The fire spread immediately since the grasses were all dried up due to the El nino phenomenon," he said.

With the theme, ‘Sustaining fire prevention through active community participation', Sarol said that their office is currently inspecting establishments to determine safety of the building, and conducting information drive on fire prevention tips and trainings in schools.

Sarol disclosed that most of the common problems they encountered in their monitoring are most of the electric wires are dangling and they have octopus connections while others have destroyed facilities and fuse.

We advise them to fix within three days and we re-inspect the building, Sarol said adding that in big buildings, a fire extinguisher should be placed in a conspicuous area so that in case there is fire then anybody can see it. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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