Fire bureau urges public to prevent fires-A A +A
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
THE Bureau of Fire Protection in Cordillera Administrative Region (BFP-CAR) seeks the help of the public to participate in its fire prevention efforts especially that most fires usually occur during summer season.
Baguio City Fire Marshall Joe Ferdinand Bangyod earlier called on the public’s participation and cooperation to avoid house and forest fires.
He said the citizenry should unplug machines and gadgets which are unused before leaving the house, adding that the public should also practice to switch off the lights during night time before going to sleep.
He said burning candles, bonfire, gas tank fire, and firewood on fire (used in cooking) should be put off before leaving them. He also advised the public to clean up the cooking area or bonfire place before lighting fire. Papers and any combustible materials must be placed away from the fireplace.
Bangyod reminded the public not to leave any fire unattended like garbage fire which could lead to forest fire.
In 2012, 47 grass, rubbish, and forest fire cases were already recorded versus 2011’s 36 incidents. On the other hand, BFP revealed a total of 106 residential fire accidents in 2012 mostly caused by kitchen mismanagement.
The citizenry is advised to report fire incidents to the nearest fire station immediately following its start to prevent more damage.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2013.