Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha
STO. TOMAS, La Union – The Bureau of Fire Protection has started a door-to-door fire prevention campaign as fires continue to shoot up during the summer period.
In 2014, a total of 714 fires were recorded in the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, according to the BFP.
Senior Fire Officer Roel Difuntorum, chief of the fire safety enforcement section of BFP Region 1, said the 2014 figure was 60.45 percent higher than the 445 fires recorded in 2013.
“Fire incidents frequently happen at the onset of summer months,” said Difuntorum.
The BFP earlier led a walk for a fire-free and fire-safe nation to kick off March as Fire Prevention Month.
“We will go house to house for fire safety information, distribute leaflets in the villages, conduct competitions and fun run,” Difuntorum said.
The fires in 2014 broke beginning February (79), March (115) and April (133). Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur provinces had the highest number of fire incidents
The BFP said electrical fires that happen in residential and business establishments are usually caused by faulty electrical connections, open flame due to unattended cooking stove and lighted matchstick, lighter or cigarette butt.
To keep fires away, the BFP said electrical appliances must be unplugged when not in use, avoid electrical overloading, keep children away from flammable objects and never leave lighted candles unattended especially during brownouts.
“The fight against destructive fires is everybody’s concern and not the sole responsibility of fire fighters. We should all participate in fire prevention programs to prevent loss of properties especially lives,” Difuntorum said. (MCA/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)