Electrical fire ranks first among fire incidents in Dumaguete City

By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — The Dumaguete City Fire Department reported that electrical fire ranks first among fire incidents that occurred in the city from January 1 to March 10, 2015.

C/INSP. Arnulfo Sayson, Chief of the Dumaguete City Fire Department presented in a Kapihan Forum today the statistics on the recent fire cases in the city during said period.

Based on their records, the city fire department is able to respond to nine electrical fire incidents since January this year.

It was followed by structural fire with four incidents, vehicular and grass fires with two incidents each, and one fire incident involving a local roasted chicken business.

A total of 18 fire cases were recorded in the city during the same period with cost of damages on properties pegged at P359, 500.

Sayson urged the public to adhere to fire safety and prevention measures in their households to avoid any fire incidents from happening.

He also stressed that proper housekeeping including regular check-up and maintenance of loose electrical wirings should be done to avert electrical fire in homes.

Unplugging of electrical appliances after use is also part of fire safety measures at home.

On the other hand, the data from the Bureau of Fire Protection-Negros Oriental (BFP) in the province also reveal a high incidence of electrical fire from Dec. 23, 2014 up to March 10, 2015 with 22 cases recorded.

With March declared as Fire Prevention Month, Sr. Insp. Allan Patrocinio of BFP-Negros Oriental once again appealed to the public to observe fire safety and protection everyday to raise their consciousness on fire hazards and make them more proactive in preempting this kind of disaster.

“This should not only be observed in March but every month so people will be more aware (on ways of fire prevention),” Patrocinio said.

This year’s celebration carries the theme “Kaligtasan sa Sunog: Alamin, Gawin at Isabuhay Natin.”

Insp. Sayson emphasized that this is about heightened knowledge and practice on fire safety prevention measures.

“The bottom line of this theme is education. We can acquire knowledge through education but this also tells us that we have to put it in practice,” Sayson added.

Meanwhile, part of Dumaguete City government’s programs on fire prevention is the conduct of the annual safety inspection by the city engineer’s office.

In 2014, the engineer’s office has inspected 4,463 commercial establishments  and 92 residential units around the city. (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA Website on Mar. 11,2015)

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