Public warned versus forest fires-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
IN CELEBRATION of the Fire Prevention Month, the Baguio Fire Department continues to urge communities near forest reservations to report grass and forest fires in their area.
BFD fire marshal Joe Fernand Bangyod disclosed some 19 forest fires were recorded in the city since the year began.
This is the reason for the fire department’s intensive drive against forest fires in Ambiong, Sto. Tomas and in Camp 8 where there are forest reservations nearby in danger of fires as results of open pit burning and lighted cigarettes.
Bangyod said communities must take extra precaution as pine forests in the city remain dry and very combustible to fire.
The fire department has placed signs near protected watersheds reminding residents to refrain from practicing open burning or throwing away lighted cigarettes.
Readiness of communities is important the fire marshal stressed as the BFD started their information and education campaigns in barangays through engagement with local officials and residents on how to protect houses from structural fires.
The most common cause of fire in Baguio remains the Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanks left unattended by unscrupulous owners and those which catch fire due to leaks.
He said several fire men are reaching out to houses to secure their LPG tanks and reminding residents on how to immediately contain fire in LPG tanks with leaks.
The team demonstrated at City Hall Monday morning ways to contain the LPG tanks on fire which include covering the nozzle of the tank with a wet cloth or immediately closing the gas valve to put off the fire.
The fire department last Monday also awarded barangay MRR-Queen of Peace and the Baguio Country Club as winners in their annual Firelympics Competition where various villages and companies battled in their skills in for prevention and mitigation.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 13, 2014.