BFP: Less fires, less applications for fire inspection
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
THERE is both good news and bad news in the frontline of fire prevention.
Only 47 fire incidents were recorded in Pangasinan from January to March 10 this year, 55% lower than the 85 fire incidents recorded over the same period last year.
Bureau of Fire Protection Provincial Director Georgian Pascua confirmed this during the virtual KBP Forum on March 10, even as 7 fires occurred during the first week of the Fire Prevention Observance Month.
He said most of these fire incidents this year were in open plains, that included rubbish and grass fires, followed by fires caused by faulty electrical connections in residences but clarified that 10 fire incidents are still under investigation to determine their causes.
He attributed the lesser fire incidents this year partly to the fire safety campaign continuously waged by the BFP on social media to create greater awareness on the value of fire prevention and the presence of fire stations in all towns and cities in the province .
He added that the pandemic may have contributed partly to the lesser fire incidents because when people are on quarantine in their homes, they can watch over their properties.
The bad news from the pandemic, however, he said is the drop in the number of establishments that applied for fire inspection, an indication he said that many stopped operating.
He said there were only 20,000 establishments inspected by BFP in the province. (Leonardo Micua)
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