Sun.Star Davao


BFP is reminding the public to practice fire safety at their homes

- BY JULIET C. REVITA / Reporter

Fire incidents in Davao City from from January to February rose by 41.4 percent to 99 fire cases from 70 incidents in 2018.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP 11) reported that most fire incidents happened at residentia­l areas with 43 cases, followed by grass fire (21), rubbish fire (8), and fire involving motor or vehicles (6). The remaining 21 cases were fire incidents that happened in storage facilities, schools, and business, among others. Total fire damages was estimated to be at P15,818,550.

Fire Inspector Cyrus Medina-Chief, Public Affairs, BFP 11 said yesterday during the AFP-PNP press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel that the increase in fire incidents in Davao City is not an isolated case and it's not alarming as these incidents happen during this period. He also pointed climate change as the culprit of these incidents.

“'Yong sinasabi ko because of the climate, that's why then President Marcos declared Presidenti­al Proclamati­on No. 66 to declare March as Fire Prevention Month because in this month really, nagkakaroo­n ng rise ng fire incident cases,” he said.

Fire incident is a disaster that could be prevented that is why they are reminding the public to be fire safety conscious and explaining the three elements that could trigger fire -- heat, oxygen, and fuel.

“Right now we are experienci­ng the dry season, nandoon na yong most important element ng fire which is heat. Ang kulang nalang is ignition. If may human interventi­on or human factor nagkaroon nga aksidente don lumaganap ang sunog that's why it is happening na marami talagang incident ng sunog in Davao City,” Medina added.

Among the safety tips that he mentioned is after using a certain appliance, it must be unplugged.

“We have to go to the basics kasi yong sunog talaga medyo deadly ngayon. In fact, it claimed a life of a person with disability in Agdao. Wala pa nga tayo sa March so that's why this is really high time for us to remind the public before the coming of the month of March, dapat fire safety conscious na yong community natin in the entire region,” he said.

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