March marks the start of the hot and dry season in the Philippines and the nationwide observance of Fire Prevention Month.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), this month is considered one of the hottest months in the country where the temperature and humidity reach their maximum levels.
Plus, it is the period that has one of the most numbers of fire incident reports nationwide.
So, to keep you and your loved ones from danger during this fire-prone season, here are 5 fire prevention and safety tips that you can follow.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), as cited by Rocelle Tangi of ABS-CBN News in an article entitled 15 tips to keep your house safe from fire, you need to “prepare a fire emergency plan at home or at the office.” Be aware of where to escape and evacuate in case of fire occurrence. Save the contact numbers of your local fire department.
2. Unplug electrical equipment when not in use.
Save lives and money on electricity bills by unplugging appliances and devices when not in use, says BFP. Moreover, secure your tangled cables using electrical tape and regularly replace old tapes.
3. Look for gas leaks.
“Use your nose. Look for leaks and signs of fumes and change the hose accordingly,” BFP explained. Always ensure adequate ventilation for your LPG tanks to keep the air fresh, safe, and healthy.
4. When a fire occurs, close the door of the burning area.
This will help stop the spread of fire, says the BFP as cited by Christian Aguilar of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in an article entitled March is Fire Prevention Month. Avoid suffocation by breathing slowly and covering your nose and mouth using a wet cloth.
5. Do the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if clothes catch fire.
Keep calm. Do not run or panic. Make sure that you shout for help or wave a cloth outside the window to give a signal to your neighbors, BFP advises.
Most importantly, always pray for your and your family’s safety and protection. God promises in Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV), “The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
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