FAULTY elec­tri­cal WIRINGS

Sun.Star Davao - - NEWS -

MOST cases of fire in­ci­dents in Davao City are caused by faulty elec­tri­cal wirings.

Last Thurs­day af­ter­noon, a fire razed 50 houses at Mus­lim Vil­lage, Purok 26, Barangay 76-A, adding to the Bu­reau of Fire Pro­tec­tion’s (BFP) list of grow­ing fire in­ci­dents. The af­fected home­own­ers are tem­po­rar­ily be­ing housed at the mosque while wait­ing for gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance and re­lief goods from other or­ga­ni­za­tions who are quick to re­spond to the vic­tims. Il­le­gal con­nec­tion of elec­tric­ity is a com­mon prac­tice in densely-pop­u­lated com­mu­ni­ties. Some make it their busi­ness by charg­ing a neigh­bor higher than the charges of the elec­tric provider. Dabaweyos are for­tu­nate hav­ing a lot of fire­fight­ers from the BFP, 911 of the city gov­ern­ment of Davao whose per­son­nel are equipped with mod­ern fire­fight­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the group or­ga­nized by Chi­nese busi­ness­men and the barangay-based fire and res­cue vol­un­teers. But we often hear peo­ple com­plain that fire­fight­ers ar­rive late or when they do the fire has al­ready gut­ted down struc­tures and dam­aged prop­er­ties. Fire could wildly spread in a breeze like in the case of houses at the Mus­lim Vil­lage whose walls are mostly made of Kalakat, a very vul­ner­a­ble ma­te­rial to fire when dry. Pas­sage for fire­men was an ad­di­tional prob­lem be­cause of the ve­hi­cles parked along the road and other struc­tures thereat. These prob­lems are hap­pen­ing and re-oc­cur­ring but peo­ple do not learn lessons from the past. Au­thor­i­ties said fire preven­tion is ev­ery­body’s con­cern.

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