Fire Prevention Tips
March 2, 2016
We often say that we’d rather have our house broken into than lose everything in fire. Rising up again from a devastating fire may be hard for some people because you’ll never know where to begin. To prevent this, you need to be prepared always.
The month of March is considered to be Fire Prevention Month. Every March, various government agencies are always ready to inform the public on how they can spare themselves from this horrible ordeal. ake time to read this tips to prevent fires in your home.
- Focus when cooking – An unattended oven or stove that overheats is one of the major causes of fires at home. If you have other matters to attend to, postpone the cooking or leave the job to someone else.
- No smoking inside – Cigarette embers can burn the furniture it falls onto. If smoking can’t be helped, make sure that cigar is completely extinguished, and place the ash tray away from flammable objects.
- Handle electrical equipment with care – If an appliance sparks or emits an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it inspected. Fix loose and frayed wires, and never over-use extensions cords, overload electrical outlets, or hide electrical wires under rugs.
- Leave it to the pros – You don’t want to end up in the hospital in an effort to save money. To ensure the efficiency and safety of your home’s electrical wiring, hire an electrician to perform a check-up and annual evaluation.
- Teach the kids – Aside from the keeping matches, lighters, and candles away from them, the US Fire Administration advises: “Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching your children that fire is a tool, not a toy.”
- Keep flammable items in their proper container – Fuel, oil, paint, cleaning solutions can ignite fire if not stored properly. Read the warning on these items, and follow its instructions.
- Smoke Alarms are a must – Most smoke alarms are affordable and available at hardware stores. Put one on every level of your house, inside the bedrooms, and even the basement. Test them monthly, change batteries yearly, and replace units every 10 years.
- Home Sprinklers are a must TOO! – Aside from saving your household from fire, it can also reduce damage. In terms of investment and finance, it can increase property value and lower insurance rates.
- Get a fire extinguisher – Place it in the most accessible area, preferably near an exit. As with the other fire safety tools, observe proper maintenance.
- Create an escape plan – Even if we have already taken all possible precautions, be prepared for the worst by practicing fire escape plans. Ask your local fire department for help, and get everyone in the family involved.
In case of emergency:
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)
- Phone: +63 2 117, +63 2 729 5166, +63 2 410 6254, +63 2 413 8859, 407-1230
- Website: http://bfp.gov.ph/
Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades (APVFB) Inc.
- Phone: +63 2 522 2222
- Website: http://www.apvfbi.org/
Association of Volunteer Fire Chiefs and Firefighters of the Phils. (AVFCFP)
- Phone: +63 2 16016
- Website: http://philippinefirefighter.org
*This article has been revised for online reading. The original article appeared on the April 2014 issue of My Home Magazine. Get the e-mag version My Home Magazines on Magzter.