March is the Fire Prevention month. March happens to be one of the hottest months in the country. To disseminate knowledge in the field of fire safety and prevention tips, the Bureau of Fire Protection of Imus City, Cavite conducted a program for this topic in our village.
I did my best to attend this Fire Safety and prevention tips program which falls on Saturday. You know when you are a mom and it is weekend, you have a loaded mommy and wifey task. Although I did not arrived early, let me share the brief I’ve learned that is worth to read.
Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips
- When cooking, never leave cooking unattended. Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames. For fire prevention LPG safety tips, visit Fire prevention LPG safety tips by PR Gaz. It is a well-detailed post.
- Make sure that there is a fire exit in your home.
- Always unplugged electrical components or appliances such as electric fan or TV.
- Keep the flammable items such as Kerosene, alcohol, and oil near the stove or flame.
- It is not advisable to use a power saver device, which encourage the homeowner to plug it simultaneously without unplugging it for several years. This is one the cause of fire reported at the BFP Imus when they investigated a home that was caught on fire.
- Check your circuit breaker if it is functional by switching it.
- It is best if you have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket ready in case of a fire.
- Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs.
- Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
- Locate the nearest fire hydrant in your community or village and check if it is ready in case of fire emergency.
- If there is no fire hydrant close to your house or in your community, then the community should organize a disaster brigade. There should be a mobile service vehicle with a fire extinguisher, a water host, and a ready water in a drum. This will act as an emergency or disaster brigade.
- Always notify the Bureau of Fire Protection for any fire incidents.
Bureau of Fire Protection Imus Contact numbers: (046)9705161/ (046)4163032
Bureau of Fire Protection Provincial Office: (02) 4713747 (accepts all locations because it will be coordinated)
- During a fire, if your clothes catch on fire, Stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished.
- To escape a fire, if the door is cold slowly open it and ensure that fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape
route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door and use another escape route. It is advisable to crawl on your way out of the fire scene.
How to use a Fire Extinguisher?
Just remember the word PASS.
- Pull the pin in the handle.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly.
- Sweep from side to side.
Method of Fire Extinction
- Cooling (removal of heat).
- Blanketing and smothering (removal or limitation of Oxygen).
- Starving (removal of fuel)
A good example of applying this method is when there is a fire incident in cooking, example the pan is on fire. Blanketing or Smothering will extinguish a fire by removing or limiting the oxygen supply. How to do it? You can place the lid cover of the pan or if there is none, you can place the fire blanket. If you have no fire blanket, use a wet cloth, but make sure to wring it before placing it on the fire object. Then, turn the stove off or lock the LPG.