Thursday, March 1, 2012

March is Fire Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Month is an annual nationwide observance held every March in the country, during which, fire prevention activities are administered by the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP), local government units, firefighting agencies, schools, and other institutions.

This year marks the 46th year since Fire Prevention Month was enacted into law by President Ferdinand Marcos back in November 17, 1966. This month's theme is "Kahandaan sa Sunog, Tungo sa Kaunlaran (Fire Prevention, Towards Progress)".

The BFP and its firefighting groups will collaborate with other government agencies and private sector entities, schools, and media, among others, to educate and remind Filipinos about the value of preventive measures to avoid any disaster that may be caused by fire. There will be fire and earthquake drills, information dissemination, and safety campaigns.

As the old saying goes, "prevention is better than cure", so let us not wait until something bad happens, right? Let's prevent fire incidents and do the necessary actions to avoid them. We should be vigilant enough - public precaution remains the best means for fire prevention. Check out some of these useful tips below to prevent fire.

  • matches/flammable liquids/lighters/other combustible materials should be properly stored, kept away from children and pets, or disposed of completely
  • candles or lighted mosquito coils should never be left unattended, and should be placed away from curtains, paper, and other materials that easily catch fire
  • cigarette butts should be properly put out before disposing of them in trash bins
  • electrical wiring should be regularly checked by a licensed electrician
  • unplug appliances not in use
  • contact numbers of the local fire department should be conveniently kept near the phone or stored in mobile phones
  • fire extinguishers should be placed in easily accessible places and everyone at home or in the office should know how to use them
  • fire drills, which include escape routes and mitigation measures, should be held regularly

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