BFP reports decrease in 2017 fire incidents Print
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:25

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported a decline in the number of fire incidents in Zamboanga City for 2017.

In his report, Zamboanga City District Fire Marshal Clint Cha said the City had a total of 102 fire incidents for 2017 compared to the 258 recorded fire incidents in 2016.

“Of this [number], 75 are structural fires, with a total aggregate damage of Php 120 million,” Cha continued.

Meanwhile, Cha has urged residents to practice fire safety measures this Yuletide season, especially in dealing with electrical wires, and Christmas lights and decorations.

He added that the incidents of electrical fires usually increases in the month of December due to the overuse of the electrical system and electrical circuits as well as the use of substandard Christmas lights and decorations in both residential homes and establishments.

To date, there has been six fire incidents recorded for the month of December 2017, Cha said.

To prevent fire incidents this Christmas, the BFP advised residents to procure Christmas lights and decorations approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and to always turn off lights when sleeping or when leaving the house or office.

Candles, lights, and other decorations which heat up must be placed away from materials that can easily catch fire, such as curtains, carpets, and blankets, and must be kept out of reach of children. Residents should also avoid overloading wire sockets and extension cords, and should use decorations properly. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)