By: LEANDRIA P. PAGUNSAN
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — “Improper use of electrical gadgets and appliances are among the common causes of fire”.
Provincial Fire Marshal of Negros Oriental, CINSP William Tacaldo Jr, bared this during a Kapihan sa PIA held recently in observance of Fire Prevention Month at Bethel Guesthouse, Dumaguete City.
Improper use of electrical gadgets such as battery charger, voltage regulator including appliances are among the causes of fire. “We should not leave these electrical gadgets /appliances plugged in outlets when not in use because this will overheat and trigger fire” according to Tacaldo.
Tacaldo underscores proper housekeeping to prevent the occurence of fire. He also emphasized that installing grills on windows is a violation of the fire safety code because this will obstruct passage in case fire originates from inside the house.
Tacaldo urged especially the parents not to leave their children alone at home. There should be an adult to oversee the children to prevent them from playing things such as matches that can trigger fire.
Open burning is also discourage because the flying embers can glow very hot and precede a fire in other places.
One of the business establishments in Dumaguete City, Bethel Guesthouse/Hotel and Cang’s Incorporated owner, Roy Cang cited that most of the fires usually happen in the residential areas and rarely in the business districts because of their compliance to the annual fire safety inspection done by the city engineer’s office and the Bureau of Fire Protection.
On the part of the City Engineer’s Office, Engr. Erasto Crispo urged owners of residential houses to initiate in checking for deficiencies in their electrical wirings and not to use substandard electrical materials for their safety.
Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Fire Marshal Arnulfo Sayson reported that for this year the BFP responded to 10 fire alarms with only one big fire that has an estimated cost damaged of P800,000.
The city BFP continues its fire prevention drills and advocacy campaign in schools, barangays and requires hotels and commercial buildings with 50 or more occupants to organize their own fire brigade.
These fire brigades are then trained by BFP personnel in firefighting techniques so that they can immediately respond to fire incidents in their establishments and at the same time augment the presently undermanned fire personnel of Dumaguete City, said Fire Marshal Sayson.
Sayson also commended the people in Dumaguete City and the community for their active involvement in fire prevention. (mbcn/LPagunsan/PIA7- Negros Oriental)