Public warned vs. dangerous firecrackers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 16:18

The Bureau of Fire Protection-Zamboanga City Fire District (BFP-ZCFD) yesterday warned the public on the use of firecrackers or pyrotechnics this Yuletide season.

This is in compliance to a directive issued by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to inspect all firecracker stores and outlets throughout the country and ensure that all of them comply with fire safety regulations and avoid accidental fires and explosions.

In an interview, Superintendent Dominador F Zabala Jr, said that “Pyrotechnics is one of the major causes of fire particularly in welcoming the New Year”.

He warned and discouraged the public from using banned or prohibited firecrackers in this city as contained under Executive Order No. CL 430-2011 issued by Mayor
Celso L. Lobregat such as piccolo, triangle, super lolo, el Diablo, Judas belt, pla-pla, goodbye Philippines and watusi.

Zabala directed fire safety inspectors under him to inspect commercial establishments engaged in selling said banned items to ensure the safety of the general public from the hazards of fire brought about by firecrackers.

Moreover, Zabala reminded the public to observe the following simple fire safety tips and pointers to avoid fires this holiday season and in welcoming the new year:

1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.

2. Never point or throw fireworks at another person; keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire; light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly;

3. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers; after fireworks complete their burning, soak the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire;

4. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them;

5. In case of fire and other emergency, immediately call HOTLINE 117.

Zabala enjoined the public to help prevent pyrotechnics or fireworks related injuries and deaths by working with the national and local government units/agencies to promote a fire-free holiday in all communities of the city.