March is observed as Fire Prevention Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, issued on November 17, 1966, by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
With the theme Buhay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan, the 2017 Fire Prevention Month aims to encourage every Filipino to be responsible in keeping its own household to be safe from fire. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is the lead agency for the observance.
The “Walk for a Fire-Free and A Fire-Safe Nation” kicked off the month-long activities last March 1, participated in by firefighters, fire volunteers, public servants, NGOs, students, professionals and other people from all walks of life at the Quezon Memorial Circle and Regional Offices and BFP Fire stations all over the country. The BFP also conducted a simultaneous five-minute blowing of horns of all firefighting apparatus in fire stations nationwide.
This month, the BFP will be very visible in radio and television programs for their information drive and safety awareness campaign. Fire prone areas will be intensively monitored and fire trucks will be placed to heightend alert status. School children will be educated through lectures, story-telling and a safety awareness campaign dubbed “Berong Bombero sa Paaralan.” They will be invited to fire stations for lectures and demonstrations on the basic use of fire trucks, EMS vehicles and its accessories, operation of fire extinguishers; and things to be observed in case of fire. Other activities lined up include: Refresher training course to volunteer fire brigades and Barangay disaster control brigades, fun runs, and fire prevention games and contests.
Let us get involved and cooperate. Let us not endanger our lives and our treasured belongings. Let us keep in mind a few tips in preventing home fires: Take extreme caution when cooking – keep flammable clear from the stove. Avoid smoking inside the house and cigarette butts should be properly put out before disposal. Make sure that all electrical equipment are regularly checked and maintained by a professional electrician. Candles should never be left unattended and should not be placed too close to flammable materials. And keep any source of fire out of children’s reach.