The saying “prevention is better than cure” is true especially when it can avoid such mishaps and avoid the loss of properties and precious lives. Here are some preventive measures from the Fire and Safety Enforcement Branch of BFP-NCR. Fire prevention Tips.
- Ready the emergency numbers
Place the phone numbers of the nearest fire station right beside your telephone. With all the adrenaline rush you won’t have time to find a telephone number in the directory. Put it on a sticky note and write the emergency numbers using a marker. It will be easier to see and call for help.
- Keep matches out of children’s reach.
Children as young as two have started fires with matches and lighters. If you live with children, treat matches and lighters as you would treat a dangerous weapon: store them up high and out of children’s reach and sight —preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Pay attention on your electrical system
Regularly check your home’s electrical installations by a licensed electrician. Have frayed wiring and electrical fixtures repaired to ensure that the recommended solution and brands are used, especially during the month of fire prevention. Do not overload your electrical circuits. Turn off electrical appliances that aren’t necessary to be used. Overheating of electrical circuits causes the insulation to melt, leading to seasonal house fires.
- Always check the gas
You will want to look for loose fittings, leaking valves, faulty pilot lights, and debris or improperly stored flammable materials in areas near these appliances. Check the vent stacks on gas water heaters, furnaces, and clothes dryers. Check the automatic ignition systems or pilot lights on these fixtures, as well, particularly for any guards which are not properly installed, and for lint or dust buildup in the immediate area around them.
- Prevention is better than cure
At the end of the day, always check and unplug the appliances that are not in use. Do not overload electrical circuits by plugging additional lights and electrical appliances. Never leave a lit cigarette or cigar on pipe unattended and always have a handy first aid kit. After all, it’s better safe than sorry.