Fireproofing what’s important to you

By , on February 27, 2014

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Summer is coming, and March will definitely be a hot, hot month.

And while you’re busy planning your summer getaway, don’t forget that March is also the Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines—make sure you begin fireproofing.

Here are a few safety tips from the Bureau of Fire Protection in line with the country’s observance of March as fire prevention month.

1. Make sure that you have an organized list of the phone numbers of the nearest fire station. Place them right beside your telephone.

2. Do not store unnecessary rubbish such as papers, gasoline, paint and other combustible materials in your home.

3. When using oil lamps, gas lamps and candles, make sure that you place them away from curtains and put out the flame before going to bed. If possible, simply use battery- operated or rechargeable lamps.

4. Matches are not for kids to play with. Make sure that you keep them out of reach of children.

5. The LPG tank should be placed outside the house or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to also replace its hose regularly.

6. A lit cigarette or cigar pipe, when left unattended in close proximity with flammable materials could start a fire. Easily combustible household items include curtains, clothes, appliances, furniture and other items made of paper, plastic, wood and rubber.

7. When not in use, unplug appliances to avoid overheating.

8. One of the most common causes of fire is faulty electrical wiring at home. It is a must to have it checked and repaired by a licensed electrician. Overloading of electrical circuits is a no-no. Don’t replace blown fuses with wires or any metal.

9. Keep at least one fire extinguisher at home.

10. Educate your family with some important fire preventive measures. Map out a clear Escape plan.

11. In case of emergency, a first aid kit should be kept handy.

With all these in mind, you can enjoy the hot season minus all the worries.