Fire chief advises public to be cautious during blackouts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:56

A top official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has advised the public to exercise extra caution during blackouts especially if they rely on candles or gas lamps to prevent occurrence of fire.

Supt. Dominador Zabala, Jr., fire marshal of the BFP’s Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), issued the advice since residents of this city are again experiencing from four to five hours daily rotational blackout.

“If possible, they should use rechargeable lanterns and not candles since there were several fire incidents in the past originated from unattended candles,” Zabala said.

Zabala noted that many of the residents still prefer to use candles or gas lamps “since these are cheaper than the rechargeable lamps.”

He said the public should also check for the Product Standard (PS) mark to ensure the rechargeable lamps they are buying are of high quality standards.

He said it is best also to turn off the main switch during blackouts to avoid power surge when electricity service resumes.

“The electrical connections must also be in accordance to specifications and inspected by licensed electricians,” he added.

In case of fire, Zabala said they should immediately call the nearest fire station.

The ZCFD has seven fire stations located in the barangays of Sta. Maria, Tetuan, Ayala, Manicahan, Quiniput, Vitali, and downtown area.

The ZCFD also maintains seven fire sub-stations located in the barangays of Guiwan, Boalan, Sta. Catalina, Upper Calarian, Recodo, Talisayan, and Mercedes. — RGAAG