Editorial: More care needed

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Thursday, May 1, 2014


MARCH has long ended and May is here. But the weather could easily be what used to be the heat in March. Thus, even as March has already ended and so did the Fire Prevention Month, there is still the need to constantly remind residents to take extra care against fire.

Especially now that power interruption has worsened, households must ensure that all appliances, especially the ones that emit heat, are unplugged when power goes off because they might just forget to check on this once power is back, and cause a fire.

The same with electrical wirings, which when substandard can create sparks once power returns.

Those who have lost their homes and other properties to fire know how difficult it is to be a victim. Extra caution is required, especially with the weather being what it is now. We only have to realize the difficulties now faced by the more than 3,000 families who lost their homes recently to spur us toward greater caution.

Just as a reminder, here are ten fire prevention tips the Bureau of Fire Protection has shared:

1. If you have a landline, place the nearest phone numbers of the nearest fire station right beside your telephone.

2. Dispose waste regularly and eliminate combustible materials like paper and dried leaves.

3. Keep matches out of children’s reach.

4. Oil lamps, gas lamps and candles should be placed away from curtains. Put out the flame before going to bed.

5. Do not keep flammable materials like gasoline, alcohol and paint inside the house.

6. Regularly check your electrical installations. Get a licensed electrician to repair all wirings that appear frayed. It may cost a little, but that expense will definitely be much less than losing a house.

7. Do not overload electrical circuits by plugging additional lights and electrical appliances.

8. Blown fuses should not be replaced with wires or any metal.

9. Never leave a lit cigarette or cigar on pipe unattended. Watch where you put your mosquito coil.

10. Always have a handy first aid kit.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take heed, take care.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 01, 2014.

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