BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Bureau of Fire Protection has declared five areas in Bacolod City prone to fires because they are congested, or the houses mostly made of light materials are situated close to each other.
These areas are Sitio Magsungay and Purok Sampaguita in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Purok Kahirup B in Brgy. Mansilingan, and barangays 2 and Banago, F/Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi, city fire marshal, said.
Legaspi said there were 331 fire incidents in Bacolod City last year from 505 incidents in 2019, or a drop of at least 34.5 percent.
Of the 331 fire incidents, 61 involved residences and buildings while the rest were non-structural or electrical posts, vehicles, and grass fires, among others, he said.
Legaspi also said that, in 2019, the city BFP recorded 69 structural and 436 non-structural fires.
On Monday, a caravan was held to kickoff the observance of Fire Prevention Month.
March was declared as Fire Prevention Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A because of the alarming increase of fire incidents happening across the country, with the onset of summer.
The BFP reminded the public to be extra cautious, especially since the season is dry, and can cause frequent grass fires.
Legaspi said residents should ensure that their electrical appliances are unplugged, their surroundings regularly cleaned from rubbish that are combustible, and there are no embers left unattended after cooking.
He advised the public to avoid overloaded electrical connections and have their wirings regularly checked by competent electricians while those that are corroded or dysfunctional should be replaced.
Legaspi added that flammable materials should be kept away from children and residents should map out escape plans in case of fire incidents to avoid loss of lives.
IN SAN CARLOS CITY
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental inspected fire hydrants in Brgy. 6 yesterday as part of the Fire Prevention Month observance.
BFP personnel inspected the fire hydrants and dry stand pipes by operating and flushing stagnated waters in pipes. They also re-checked pipes for any leaks or rusts, and applied grease on the mouths of hydrants and pipes for easy access during emergencies, a press release from the city said.
City Waterworks Department officer-in-charge, Engineer Aris Yap, assisted in the inspection and gave suggestions for problems of leakage and other issues of dry stand pipes. The CWD office will also repair broken pipes leading to fire hydrants.*