THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Davao is gearing for the Fire Prevention Month in March as fire incidents are expected to rise due to warm temperature.
BFP-Davao Public Information Section Fire chief Inspector Melvin Esporsado said fire prevention initiatives are being conducted by their office to educate the public on fire safety tips to avoid being a victim of the disaster.
The celebration is anchored on the theme: "Matuto Ka, Sunog, Iwasan Na," which means that people who have heard about fire incidents or experienced it themselves must learn the lesson to prevent a similar incident.
"Fire prevention month is not a joyful month to be celebrated but rather a month of intensified vigilance, readiness, and awareness campaigns," Esporsado said.
He added that BFP personnel are conducting an inspection on establishments such as residential areas, which topped the type of occupancies with the most number of cases.
"Mostly sa sunog na atong na-record, daghan involve nga balay balay, mga residential, so gi-strenghten nato atong Oplan Lingkod Pamayanan in barangay," he said.
(We have strengthened our Oplan Lingkod Pamayanan because most of the cases that we have recorded are in residential areas.)
As part of the fire reduction enforcement drive, they also conduct training and seminars in barangays and different institutions such as schools to propagate fire safety.
The fire prevention month campaign promotes "safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, the exercise of common sense and respect for the law."
The BFP has recorded a total of 62 fire incidents in March 2019.