A Month to be Aware of Fire in the Philippines

Due to how alarming is the spike in fire accidents across the Philippines, the President has declared Proclamation No.115-A which said that March is a Month of Fire Prevention in the Philippines. Sort of activities has been well prepared by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) by focusing on home fire safety.

BFP is the Philippines government agency in charge of all types of destructive fires prevention and suppression, also investigating the causes, enforcing fire-related laws, and providing emergency medical and rescue services. The organization aims to promote volunteer fire departments around the country.

In 2019, BFP reported 1,891 fires with damage pegged at PHP257.4 million, with smoking, open flame from rubbish, a bonfire to structural fire as main causes. But, during the current pandemic situation, it decreased in 2020 with 918 fires recorded with PHP231.3 million value of the damage, with electrical ignition as the main cause, and 905 fires recorded in 2021 with pegged a higher value of the damage at PHP335.5 million, with electrical ignition caused by arcing as the main reason.

As there is the risk of fires in factories, shopping malls, retail businesses, and company offices during the operations, the awareness in reducing dangers should be observed. The theme of “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog Di Ka Nag-iisa” which means “Fire Prevention You Are Not Alone” this year’s celebration

Quoted from What a Life!, services have been supplemented in Metro Manila and other major areas around the country with the establishment of civic-organized fire volunteer brigades. They are introducing innovative programs and activities to motivate the public to prioritize fire safety.

As one of the community-based organizations, BFP is crucial in raising awareness about basic fire safety and prevention practices. Participation and support from all circles in the Philippines for Fire Prevention Month 2022 can be seen through Twibbonize. There are many frames used and have been spread on various social media of the Filipinos to show their support and action.

BFP R3 Fire Prevention Month

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Fire Prevention Month 2022

by Welmer Dampayla

Link: twb.nz/fpm2022

Fire Prevention Month 2022

by Welmer Dampayla

Link: twb.nz/bfpfpm2022

Fire Prevention Month 2022

by Cyn Garcia

Link: twb.nz/bfp12fpm2022

Fire Prevention Month TCSHS DRRM SHS

by Kayl Samonte

Link: twb.nz/firepreventionmonthdrrm

Fire Prevention Month 2022 GTCFS

by Robert Rey Tejada

Link: twb.nz/firepreventionmonth2022r4a

National Fire Prevention Month 2022

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FIRE PREVENTION MONTH 2022

by Kurt Miranda

Link: twb.nz/stiincfirepreventionmonth

Sourced from the Philippine News Agency, a ranking official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said firefighters will continue to engage the community to make the residents feel safe and secure from fires and any forms of man-made and natural calamities. The BFP director for operations, Chief Supt. Felixberto Abrenica said bureau personnel should be visible to the public even beyond March of each year when the celebration of Fire Prevention Month. He is in Cebu to lead the Central Visayas version of the simultaneous kick-off ceremony of the Fire Prevention Month 2022 at the BFP-Region 7 headquarters on N. Bacalso Avenue.

According to the most recent data, the National Capital Region has 813 volunteer fire departments with a total of 4,525 volunteer firemen. 578 fire brigades with 10,034 volunteer firefighters and 235 barangay fire brigades with 644 volunteer firefighters make up this total. However, the role of all parties, including the community is very important for Fire Prevention Month 2022.