Monday, 13 March 2017 23:18
The month of March is recognized as the Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines by virtue of Proclamation No. 115-A signed by then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1966. This initiative propagates "safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law."
However, the number of fire related incidents continue to rise even as awareness campaigns and continuous information drive are carried out by concerned government agencies.
The Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), the agency responsible for the prevention and suppression of all destructive fires, recorded 19,292 fire incidents nationwide last year wherein 5,121 happened in the month of March only. An escalation compared to the 2015 data which was recorded at 17,138 with 4,374 fire incidents occurred in the month of March.
News reports also state that from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 2017, there were already 259 fires reported in the NCR. The three (3) leading causes of the said incidents are electrical connections; open flames due to torch or sulo; and, due to lighted cigarette butt.
With a tropical and maritime climate similar to many Central American countries, the Philippines experience both the rainy season from June to November; and, the dry season from December to May. The hot dry season typically starts from March until May. It is around the month of March that temperature and humidity start to reach high levels.