NAGA CITY, March 3 (PIA) - Through a motorcade in the main thoroughfares of the city, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Naga City Central Fire Station kicked off the Fire Prevention Month with the theme: "Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi ka Nag-iisa!"
Part of their campaign is the conduct of various competitions which will showcase the youth's understanding on how to avoid fire incidents and eventually express their viewpoints on how to have a safer and fire-free community.
The competitions which will commence on March 17 and 18 will be concluded on March 31 for the regional awarding. This is open to all Junior and Senior High School students and will be held at the Office of the Provincial Fire Director.
BFP lined up the Fire Prevention contests into various categories: Poster Making, Digital Arts Making, Fire Safety Video, Fire Safety Tiktok Challenge, Spoken Word Poetry and Virtual Battle of the Bands Competition.
A Gun Safety Seminar and Basic Marksmanship for BFP personnel is slated on March 5, Friday, at the Naga City Fire Station and ADZ Firing range.
Other activities include Fun Bike for BFP CamSur Personnel on March 12, tree-planting activity on March 16 at Brgy. Pacol, Naga City, and the 1st CFD Fun Shoot on March 21 at ADZ Firing Range in Pacol. The whole-month Fire Prevention Month Celebration will wrap up with a blood-letting activity on March 31 in partnership with Bicol Medical Center (BMC). Venue of the said activity will be at the Naga City Fire Station.
All throughout this month, BFP will conduct OPLAN Ligtas na Pamayanan (OPL) on the road under the new normal or the conduct of fire safety awareness thru public address. This will be done in the 27 barangays of the city to raise everyone's responsiveness on fire safety rules.
FO3 Restituto Dayet Jr., reminded everyone that the common cause of fire are electrical appliances which are either defective or were left attended.
Based on the statistics of BFP-Naga, 20 fire incidents were recorded in 2019 with damages amounting to P4,242,201.00; 15 incidents in 2020 with damages pegged at P2,355,000.00 and 5 this year with estimated damage cost of P446,500.00.
BFP Acting City Fire Director, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Jerica IV reminded everyone to always put in mind the fire safety tips, either in their households or in their establishments.
These include regular check-up of electrical connections, avoid over-loading and refrain from using numerous extension cords. Make sure that all appliances are un-plugged if leaving the house, or better yet, turn off the main circuit breaker if long absence is expected.
Plugged appliances should not be left unattended, like electric fans, rice cooker, and air condition units, among others. Also, check LPG hose often as it may have some leaks that may cause fire to ignite.
Fire extinguishers can also be a big help. Most importantly, each member of the family should be aware of their role in case of fire occurrence. An escape plan should be known to each member to avoid being trapped inside the house, in case of fire. (with reports from ACarinan, PIA5/Camarines Sur)