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March: Fire Prevention Awareness Month; How To Prevent Home Fires

We are already passing halfway of March, the fire prevention month, so declared because it is in this month when most fires happen and with it being among the hottest month here in the Philippines. Last Thursday, March 15, as early as 3:30 in the morning, I pull-out of sleep by frantic shoots of “Fire.” It was half a block away from my house and one can see the blaze of fire and smoke up in the air and heat from a distance of 30 feet away. The fire was declared controlled at around 5:30 am with around 20 houses burned. I just remember that our own house was put into ashes when I was 10 years of age, and the only thing I did saved was the clothes I am wearing.

MARCH: FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH; HOW TO PREVENT HOME FIRES

We are already passing halfway of March, the fire prevention month, so declared because it is in this month when most fires happen and with it being among the hottest month here in the Philippines.

Last Thursday, March 15, as early as 3:30 in the morning, I pull-out of sleep by frantic shoots of “Fire.” It was half a block away from my house and one can see the blaze of fire and smoke up in the air and heat from a distance of 30 feet away. The fire was declared controlled at around 5:30 am with around 20 houses burned. I just remember that our own house was put into ashes when I was 10 years of age, and the only thing I did saved was the clothes I am wearing.

As of this writing, a four-day Gotesco Mall fire just end. It is located at the next city proper.

As reported, there was a total of 8,824 fires were noted last year. The Fire Protection Bureau is intensifying its campaign this month to make the Fire Prevention Month – a wake-up call and awareness for everybody.

A typical residential street in Manila

A house is one of the most important and valuable investment a family can have. The Bureau of Fire prevention this year serve this year’s theme as “Makaisa, Makialam, at Makipagtulungan Upang Sunog ay Maiwasan,” means “To Unite, To Meddle, To Help  to Prevent Fire,” should serve as a reminder for everyone to be ever vigilant in case of fire.

Just like the health saying, “Prevention is better than Cure,” the best defense is prevention so here are some daily common advices and tips to eliminate unnecessary loss of life and property.

  • Teach children how to care and handle matches/candles

As much as possible keep away matches/flammable liquids/lighters/other combustible materials should be kept away from children and pets. Better yet, teach children by example by letting them observe your sensitivity and careful on cooking, candles and other fire risk elements.

This home fire was caused by lighted candles.

  • Use battery-operated light source

Disposed of totally candles and lighted mosquito coils and never leave them unattended. (This is the most common cause of fires here, especially candles, left unattended during brown-outs in poor areas, just close to faulty electrical wiring.) Cigarette butts should be properly put-out before disposing. (This is also a primary cause of house fire deaths.)  

  • Unplug all appliances when not in use

Kitchen appliances like rice cookers, micro-wave oven, coffee-maker or rice cookers which only uses 5 watts must be kept unplug when not in use. This another fire protection practices that not only save money but also prevent cases over-heating.

  • Check electrical wirings at home

Electrical wiring should be checked regularly. Hire a licensed electrician. It is a shame to say that here in my country, electric power and even electric wires are being stolen. The word “jumper” means getting electricity without any electric meter, this is strictly prohibited. The result is an indiscriminate use of electricity that causes overload of power at homes that cause fires. These houses who uses “jumpers” when caught are left without lighting, they use candles or kerosene lamps for lighting alternatives that are more prone to home fire, not to mention the house materials is made of wood.

  • Never keep LPG tanks in cabinets or closed space

The proper place of LPG tanks are in a well-ventilated area, even exploding tanks are rare cases. Considering LPG is heavier than air and tend to spread down the ground when it leaks, immediately extinguish all flames (even lighted cigars) when you smell LPG. Furthermore, do not use electrical switches and report to proper authorities.  

Fire Volunteers

  • Record numbers of Fire Departments / Fire Volunteers

Post numbers of institutions for emergency use near your landline like fire departments, hospitals. Mobile phones can be also use as private fire volunteers like TXTFIRE are now available in every network.

  • Educate your family about emergency situation like fires, typhoons and earthquakes

It is important to inform members of the household what to do in any emergency situation. Give each member of the family assignment like the assistance of the much adult ones to infants, kids and much older members of the family. Plan an escape route and make sure that all members were with it. Teach the children to familiarize with the drill, the planning and the practice, especially when fire hit at night when they are sleeping. Teach them the use of fire escape when your house is with upper floors. Most important is to educate members of the family to be calm in every emergency situation.

Be aware of fire, fire kills!

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