BFP urges public to always take extra precautions to prevent fire

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) — In observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection is reminding the public to take extra precautions to prevent the occurrence of fire in order to protect lives and businesses.

In an interview with CNN Philippines Newsroom Ngayon, Supt. Annalee Carbajal-Atienza, spokesperson of BFP, said open flame due to torch, unattended cooking and lighted candles, electrical connection, and lighted cigarette butts are some of the main causes of fire incidents in 2020.

Last year, around 14,000 cases of blaze were reported.

To prevent such events, Atienza reminded the public to regularly check electrical wirings in their houses, as well as cooking gas for possible leaks.

Lit candles should also be placed in a container with water and away from any combustible material. Appliances, like electric fans, should also be given time to cool down.

If leaving the house, make sure all appliances are unplugged, but it will be better to shut down the fuse, she noted.

For establishments, make sure that fire exits are not blocked or locked.

In case fire happens, evacuate area already and inform authorities through 911. If trapped, cover yourself with a wet towel while heading outside of the premises.