Bulacan braces for zero pyro-related accident

December 17, 2010 1:59 pm 

BOCAUE, Bulacan, Dec. 17 –It is not the usual fire prevention month but the Bureau of Fire protection(BFP) nonetheless has placed firefighting units in the province on a 24-hour alert, particularly in towns were rows of fireworks stores and shops are located.

With sirens blaring, firetrucks and ambulances, streaked into the towns of Bocaue, Sta.Maria, Angat, Baliuag, Norzagaray,and in the cities of Malolos and San Jose Del Monte during a motorcade that aims to create public awareness on the safe use of firecrackers and other fire prevention tips.

Provincial fire marshal Supt. Abasolon Sipagan said they are also regularly conducting inspections of pyrotechnics stores and factories to make sure that safety regulations are strictly observed.

He said stores should have fire extinguishers, drums with water and sand bins.

“We are always reminding store owners and the public as well by giving them basic tips in preventing fire,” Zipagan said, adding that they are doing the info drive and safety awareness motorcade every year.

He also said that their campaign has been successful since there were less incidents of fireworks-related explosions and fires.

In the past years, deadly explosions has levelled rows of fireworks stores– which also resulted to deaths and injuries–during the Christmas Season, particularly in the town of Bocaue, the hub of the local pyrotechnics industry in the country.

The provincial government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has also placed the Bulacan 566 Emergency Response Center on a “24/7” alert in response to any emergency situations.

Alvarado also reminded the public to follow the safety tips on the use of firecrackers to avoid accidents.

He also advises revelers to use only labeled fireworks products and refrain from using banned, oversized and killer types of firecrackers.

Earlier, Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva said the Bulacan PNP- Police Community Relations Branch has already distributed the safety tips flyers to the different police stations in the province.

He said the safety tips is a timely reminder for revelers on how to stay safe and whole while enjoying the holidays.

Villanueva said that most of the flyers will be distributed in towns where fireworks stores are located like Bocaue, Sta. Maria, Baliuag, San Ildefonso and Angat.

Bocaue police chief Ronaldo de Jesus said police teams are also making rounds of pyrotechnics stores to ensure that the “no smoking and no testing” policy is strictly being followed. (PNA) LOR/zst/EGG/ps

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