Contributed by Mar Jay S. Delas Alas, PIA-Bataan
BFP Balanga City Head CInsp. Jaime Robles said cellphones plugged into the charger overnight, unattended burning candles, and lit cigarettes are some of the causes of fire.
“We should stay vigilant at all times to prevent fire so we could ensure safety in our neighborhood,” Robles furthered.
Relative to this, he said that they have already conducted fire drills in barangays and public elementary schools in the city.
BFP likewise inspected all buildings and establishments in Balanga to determine their compliance with the provisions of the Fire Code of the Philippines.
According to Robles, the city only recorded one fire-related incident so far this year which is a non-structural or grass fire.
In the event of fire, Robles said to immediately call 911 for help and allow trained fire fighters to handle the situation.
“When trapped inside a burning building, don’t panic. Just drop while protecting your head and crawl to the fire exit,” Robles added.
March is observed as Fire Prevention Month by virtue of Proclamation 115-A signed by then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1966 to provide education and awareness to lessen the incidence of fire in the country.