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BFP-Bicol advises the public amid a 26% surge in fire incidents

By Connie Calipay

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

In a phone interview, Senior Insp. Edgar Tañajura Jr., spokesperson for BFP-Bicol, emphasized the importance of taking preventive measures, especially during the dry season.

He cautioned against potential causes of fires such as overheating, overloading, and short circuits, particularly for those utilizing substandard electrical and octopus wirings.

Tañajura assured the public of BFP-Bicol’s readiness, highlighting their array of equipment including fire trucks, rescue trucks, boom trucks, rubber boats, and ambulances, all prepared to swiftly respond to incidents across the region.

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 establishments 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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