The month of March was named after the Greek god of war, Mars. Considered as a ‘dead’ planet , researchers are trying to prove until today that there was life in Mars. The landscape of Mars is now barren which resembles a gigantic desert and thus the color that it reflects from space is red. The Red color means rage, war, blood, and the color of fire.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) , March is the start of the year that has the increasing incidence of fire accidents . Its coincidence that these occur on the month of the year that is associated with war and with the Red Planet. Just like like the previous years, BFP has been actively campaigning Fire Prevention Month every March in virtue of Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966. For 2015, BFP launches its campaign for Fire Prevention Month for 2015 and its 1st National Fire Olympics .
The Fire Prevention Month for 2015 has the slogan “Sa mga Simpleng Bagay na Ating Kinakaligtaan Madalas Nagmumula ang Ating Kapahamakan!” (It is simple things that we tend to neglect is mostly the cause of our tragedy). And the theme is “Kaligtasan sa Sunog: Alamamin, Gawin at Isabuhay Natin!” (Fire Safety: Learn, Perform and Incorporate!)
Field programs, demonstrations, indoor lectures and training in different local government units (LGUs) in several key cities around the country will be held as part of the Fire Prevention Month for 2015 campaign. This is expected to not only enhance the skills of our brave firemen but also to increase awareness of the general public on how to prevent fire so that they can protect property and save lives.
Here are some of important fire prevention tips for homes and offices:
- Avoid illegal electric connection. It is the most common cause of fire in overcrowded residential areas.
- Unplug all appliances when not in use. Do not keep it on Standby mode.
- Do not overload plugs by adding too many extensions. Use fused extension wires.
- Have your fuse box and internal electrical wiring checked by experienced electricians.
- Replace old wiring and sockets. Cover exposed wiring properly.
- Store flammable items away from heat. Keep them away from children.
- Do not leave the kitchen stove on.
- Do leave candle or gas lamp lit before going to sleep.
- Install fire alarm devices. Have a fire extinguisher or water hose ready.
- Post Emergency Numbers. Develop an escape plan.
Aside from the month long Fire Prevention Month for 2015 campaign, the Bureau will hold its first National Fire Olympics on March 3 and 4 at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
The National Fire Olympics used to be a field demo, where firemen display their firefighting skills and teach the public on how to put out fires. But for the Fire Prevention Month for 2015, the event will be a competition among different fire precincts to encourage the people to be proactive in preventing and fighting fire and perhaps encourage more people to become fire volunteers themselves by joining the force.
Those interested to join the country’s brave firefighters may inquire at the following address:
Human Resource Management Division, Bureau of Fire Protection National Headquarters, Room 702, #145 Union Square Condominium, 15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City.
Or they may visit their website at bfp.gov.ph or the nearest Regional DILG office or fire precinct.
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