Dry spell, brown outs may mean more fires: BFP-XI

THE BUREAU of Fire-XI expects more fire incidents in the region this year due to El Niño and the  subsequent brownouts, which force more people to use candles or gas-fed torches.

Insp. Nestor Jimenez, BFP-XI operations division chief, said they already recorded 207 fire incidents for the first two months against the 129 recorded for the same period last year.

Out of the current figure, 85 were grass fires, 65 incidents occurred in residential areas and 57 fire incidents classified as “others.”

“For the first two months of 2016, there were seven civilians injured, and three dead,” he said.

Last year, only three civilians were reported injured in conflagration incidents for the same period.

While he did not have the exact data for incidences recorded in Davao City for the first two months of 2016, Jimenez added there were more fire incidents in Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur, owing to the minimal rain and wide grassland.

Fires in dry areas can be caused by cigarette butts tossed carelessly as well as candles left unattended or dumped flammable substances, he said.

The BFP spoke at yesterday’s Kapihan sa SM forum to promote their activities for Fire Prevention Month beginning today, March 1, with the theme “Kaalaman sa Pagtutulungan ng Sambayanan, Kaligtasan sa Sunog ay Makamtan.”

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