Ma­bal­a­cat BFP warns against sub­stan­dard Christ­mas lights

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MA­BAL­A­CAT CITY — The Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) here has warned the pub­lic against faulty and sub­stan­dard Christ­mas lights.

Se­nior Fire Of­fi­cer Richard Medina , the city’s deputy fire mar­shal, said the peo­ple have to metic­u­lous in buy­ing and se­lect­ing il­lu­mi­na­tions for their res­i­dences to pre­vent fire in­ci­dents.

Medina said that Christ­mas lights are one the lead­ing causes of fire dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

“Peo­ple should not wait for any in­ci­dent to hap­pen to be very care­ful,” Medina said in the ver­nac­u­lar.

The fire of­fi­cer also re­minded the house­hold own­ers not to leave Christ­mas lights on for a long pe­riod of time.

“If you leave them overnight for ex­am­ple, they may likely heat up caus­ing sparks and then fire,” Medina said.

Cheap Christ­mas lights with­out cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try and other gov­ern­ment safety agen­cies should not be pur­chased, ac­cord­ing to him. Medina at the same time warned the pub­lic against the use of fire crack­ers which may also cause fire and injuries to peo­ple if not han­dled prop­erly. He added that ev­ery year, the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing fire crack­ers are de­creas­ing. “This is a good sign that the gov­ern­ment is ef­fec­tive in its cam­paign against harm­ful fire crack­ers,” Medina said.

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