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BFP tells public: Be fire safety conscious this Christmas

Iloilo City (30 November) -- City Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Rodolfo P. Denaga said in a radio interview that the public should be fire safety conscious as the Christmas season begins so that they will have a more enjoyable celebration.

Denaga said the Bureau of Fire Protection has launched "Oplan Yuletide" as a contingency measure aimed at regulating the dangers of destructive fires that can come from faulty Christmas lights, electrical wirings and firecrackers.

Denaga said the public should look for the Philippine Standard Mark (PS) in the electric lights they buy here locally, while if they get it from abroad, they should look for the International Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark on the product.

"in addition, the public should also learn to handle the lights, unplug them when not in use and be sure that there are no fire-prone substances attached near the lights," Denaga said.

As to firecrackers safety measures, Denaga said before permits are issued to firecracker vendors, the BFP should conduct a fire safety inspection, to see to it that the premises where the firecrackers are displayed is safe, with fire extinguishers as needed and always with a pail of sand or water available.

He said the Philippine National Police is in charge of regulating the sale, handling, manufacturing and distribution of firecrackers, while the BFP issues fire safety permits.

He also said, designated areas for firecrackers display and sale should be 300 meters away from residential areas, far from houses or buildings.

The fire chief said there will be fire trucks going around fire-prone areas on Dec. 24 and Dec, 31, doing public address of fire safety tips to remind the public as they celebrate Christmas and New Year. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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