KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fire Protection in Soccsksargen region is pushing for families to take extra caution to avoid fire incidents at home.
According to BFP XII Public Information Unit Chief SFO4 Jose Vale Jr., while more people have been staying home during this pandemic, the potential for fire has also increased.
“Since most of us, especially students are always at home because of the pandemic, we in the BFP are pushing for families to practice E.D.I.T.H. or Exit Drills In The Home. This is a simple but important exercise to keep us and those around us safe,” Vale said.
“It aims to check our readiness and responsiveness not only during fire incidents but in earthquakes and other emergency situations as well,” he added.
SFO4 Vale also advised the public to always turn off and unplug appliances when not in use and to be careful while lighting candles during a power outage to avoid fire incidents.
Citing data from the BFP XII Fire Investigation Division, Vale said a total of 348 fire incidents were recorded in 2020.
Of the 348 incidents recorded last year, 260 were structural while the remaining 88 were non-structural fires.
Structural fires include houses, business establishments and warehouses, while the non-structural includes electrical posts, vehicles and bush fires.
Most fire incidents at home were caused by faulty or loose wirings, overloaded electrical connections and open fire from cooking.
Fire Prevention Month is observed nationwide by virtue of Proclamation No. 115-A, signed by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The 2021 Fire Prevention Month goes with the theme “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi ka Nag-iisa.”
BFP XII, together with other government agencies, civic groups, and fire volunteers started this year’s Oplan Ligtas Pamayanan motorcade around major thoroughfares to drumbeat awareness on fire prevention and safety.
Oplan Ligtas Pamayanan has four component programs, namely “handang pamayanan” (community readiness), “lingap” (protection/care), “kaagapay” (companion/partner), and “bayanihan” (community cooperation). (ORVR)