No house set on fire by firecrackers this year


URDANETA CITY—A record of sorts was established in Pangasinan when not a single house was set on fire by firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices during and after 2019 New Year revelry, according to the provincial fire marshal.

F/Superintendent Eddie Jucutan attributed the positive development to the successful information campaign by fire stations in all towns and cities in Pangasinan from December 15, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

Jucutan recalled that fire incidents in 2017 totaled 387 and increased to 456 or 17.83% more in 2018.

Lingayen town had the highest recorded  incidents with 34, followed by Alaminos with 31, Urdaneta with 30 and Dagupan City with 28.

Jucutan said the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Pangasinan launched “Pito at Torotot Para Sa Kaligtasan Mo” in Barangay Malued in Dagupan  City as an alternative to firecrackers’ use.

The event was attended by BFP Regional Director Maria Sofia Mendoza, Mayor Belen Fernandez and Malued Barangay Captain Pheng Delos Santos of this city.

The red alert status from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 has since been downgraded to normal alert as of January 2. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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