BFP reminds the public on safe and fire-free holidays

November 30, 2011 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 30 – As the Yuletide season approaches, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Wednesday reminded the public on a safe and fire-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

BFP said December is considered to be one of the months most prone to fire incidents due to high electrical consumption for Christmas lights and decors.

To prevent occurrence of fire, the public is advised to observe electrical safety tips, especially when using Christmas lights and lanterns.

Specifically, the BFP advises that:

* In buying Christmas lights, make sure that the items have been tested and deemed safe by a reputable testing laboratory. Look for Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/ or Safety or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark scheme. Use the cooler-burning “mini” Christmas lights as opposed to the traditional larger bulbs.

* Inspect each set of Christmas lights for damage. Avoid using set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.

* Replace burnt out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage. Use appropriate outdoor Christmas lights. All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)/earth leakage circuit-breaker (ELCB).

* Use proper extension cords and avoid overloading. Stay away from power lines or feeder lines. Secure outside Christmas lights with insulated holders or run strings of lights through hooks.

* Turn Christmas lights off when you leave or before going to bed. Never pull on a string of Christmas lights and store them loosely wrapped.

The bureau also intensifies its campaign against firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products, especially for the safety of the minors who tend to be the victims of pyrotechnic and firecracker accidents. (PNA) scs/JCA

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