Fire Prevention Month marches off with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) authorities warning people about a leading cause of fire: be wary about improper electrical connections.
Newly installed Bohol Fire Marshal and Fire Superintendent Shiela Andrade and City Fire Marshal Fire Chief Inspector Randy Mendaros shared at the Kapihan sa PIA that of the 27 fire alarms they responded to in the beginning months of 2018, 12 of them were fires caused by electrical connections. By electrical connections, both authorities mean octopus connections.
Octopus connection is that nasty habit of plugging many gadgets and appliances to a single extension wire, not minding if the cord can withstand the load needed to pass on the power.
In fact, extension cords with loose connections exacerbate the problem as it can cause sparks which cause power surges and can hasten cord overloading.
BFP fire intelligence and investigation services bared that the electrical connection caused four fire alarm cases in January and the figure doubled to 8 in February this year.
Moreover, firemen reported at the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) that human error also contributed to the fire cases in Bohol.
BFP reports that aside from the 12 cases of fire alarms caused by electrical connections they responded to in 2018, another one was for an electrical appliance, one each for the unattended stove and unattended candle or gas lamp, eight from bonfires and open flames and three from inflammable liquids and incendiary devices.
These data further pushes to the fore the need for everyone’s cooperation and participation best stated in the 2018 theme: Ligtas na Pilipinas ang hangad: Pag-iingat sa sarili ay atingipatutupad.
And as the fire authorities continue in their proactive measures to keep communities off the fire, Supt. Andrade said they intend to increase the number of Bohol town fire stations.
Presently, of Bohol’s 47 towns and a city, there are yet 10 towns without an activated fire station.
Supt Andrade however sees a bright spot as there are already several towns which have facilitated lot donations, and the BFP is now processing its buildings.
The Bohol born female fire official also said they are facilitating for the additional fire trucks even as they continue to lobby with local chief executives to source out fire engine funds while the BFP has yet to procure and deliver there firefighting engines and equipment.
The local firefighting force chief added that in the meantime, the office is currently sending personnel for fire arson investigation courses, and more skills enhancement to equip men with the necessary skills.
The BFP is also currently propping up its personnel complement while Supt. Andrade who has strong connections with the fire headquarters revealed that among her priorities is to request the BFP to retain in Bohol their personnel who have completed training courses.
BFP has only seven officers in Bohol, and another 422 are holding nonofficer ranks. (right/PIA-7/Bohol)