Illustration credit: NT and People’s Tonight Editorial for its March 2, 2017 issue
March is the start of summer season in the Philippines. And while we look forward to summer activities we must not forget March is also Fire Prevention Month. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the biggest number of fire incidents are usually recorded on said month.
This year’s Fire Prevention Month theme, “Buhay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan,” reflects the BFP’s commitment to raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention.
For his part, Senator Richard Gordon who also serves as Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross said, prevention is key when it comes to fire safety. “But it’s also smart to make sure that all members of your household know what to do in case there’s a fire emergency.”
The Philippine Red Cross recommends the following tips on how to reduce risks in case of fire:
- Make sure every member of the household knows where the fire escape is.
- Agree on a meeting place at a safe distance from the home.
- Teach everyone at home how to use a fire extinguisher.
- If smoke, heat, or flames are blocking your exit route, stay in the room with the door closed.
- If you can, move close to a window and wave something bright (a flashlight, glow stick,or a brightly colored cloth) to signal for help.
- Once you are out, stay out.
- If you haven’t already called the fire department, call them once you make it to safety.
Meanwhile, PRC Secretary General Oscar P. Palabyab said fire is preventable. “But it pays to be aware of fire survival tips, especially during the summer, when most fire incidents unfortunately occur.”
Source: Philippine Red Cross