ECQ helps prevent fire incidents, says BFP exec

THERE were less fire incidents and damage recorded so far, to date.

According to the provincial fire marshal, Bureau of Fire Protection Supt. Noel Gagalac, only 84 fire incidents were recorded from January to date compared to

85 with fewer structural cases.

He said most were grass fires caused by human intervention like indiscriminate throwing of lighted cigarette butts or burning of garbage.

Gagalac said while activities for the Fire Prevention Month in March have been suspended indefinitely after the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was declared to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, ECQ indirectly helped prevent fires.
He said since the ECQ compels home quarantine, it provides residents the opportunity to be conscious of the cleanliness inside their homes and surroundings, including use of electric appliances and state of electrical wirings of their homes.

He said the checkpoints forced many to stay home and, therefore, there have been less incidents of grass fires.

Gagalac said the BFP is also part of frontliners in the conduct of checkpoints, together with the police, military and other barangay officials. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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