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Fire incidents increase by 26%- BFP

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported Friday that fire incidents in the Bicol Region increased from 94 in January-February 2023 to 119 during the same period this year.

In a phone interview, BFP-Bicol spokesperson Senior Insp. Edgar Tañajura Jr. advised taking precautions to prevent fires, especially during the dry season.

He warned of overheating, overloading and short circuits, particularly those who use substandard electrical and octopus wirings.

"BFP-Bicol is always ready. We have a variety of equipment like fire trucks, rescue trucks, boom trucks, rubber boats and ambulances prepared to respond to any incidents in the region," Tañajura said.

He said the most common causes of fire in the region are faulty electrical connections, dried grass and leaves, and lighted cigarette butts thrown in garbage.

He added that they are continuously inspecting various business establish-ments and conducting regular capability training for all fire officers in the region.

For the general public, he advised unplugging all electrical appliances before leaving the house or sleeping; to avoid panicking; and to stop using social media first before calling for help.

BFP-Bicol will usher in Fire Prevention Month at Peñaranda Park, Old Albay District, Legazpi City on March 5.

The activity will proceed to the Bicol University open grounds where students, employees of national government agencies and other stakeholders will join. (PNA)


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