Fire Prevention Tips During the Holiday Season

Even before December arrives, the Philippines is already in the midst of the holiday season. And, despite the excitement of decorating, shopping, gift-giving, and festivities, safety must be prioritized. With this, the following are some safety tips, compiled by Trinity, to help you keep yourself, your family, and your assets safe this holiday season.

Preparation and Planning

  • When buying Christmas decorations, look for the Philippine Standard (PS) mark for locally produced lights and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker for imported products.
  • Be sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions before plugging it in.
  • Make a list of the phone numbers for the nearest fire station and hospital and post it somewhere visible and accessible. Save these numbers to your smartphone as well.
  • Ensure that the fire escape plan is visible and accessible to everyone in the building or house.
  • If possible, have a fire extinguisher always ready.

 

Good House-keeping Practices

  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many lights and décor to prevent overheating or fire.
  • Make sure no chord is being pinched by doors, windows, or furniture to avoid exposing any wiring.
  • Don’t forget to turn off the lights before going to bed or leaving your house.
  • If it’s hot, unplug it.
  • Dispose unnecessary flammable items such as papers, rubbish and other wastes.
  • Ensure that your LPG tank have safety cap, security seal, and the appropriate hose.

 

Proper Use of Extension Cord

  • Fully insert the plug of an extension cord into an outlet.
  • Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • Do not attempt to plug extension cords into one another.
  • Do not attempt to place cords under rug or carpets or in busy areas.
  • Only use extension cords temporarily; permanent writing should be installed when use of the cords is no longer temporary.

 

Additional Fire Safety Reminders

  • Do leave cooking food unattended.
  • Do not leave a lit cigarette or cigar on pipe as it may fall on combustible materials and may start a fire.
  • Do not keep flammable materials inside the house such as gasoline, alcohol, and paint. Keep them in a dry and safe location.

 

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Sources

  • https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1088780
  • https://www.lamudi.com.ph/journal/how-to-keep-your-home-safe-during-the-christmas-holidays/
  • https://www.propertyasia.ph/newsroom/2017/12/08/safety-tips-christmas/
  • https://r3.rappler.com/move-ph/190170-bfp-oplan-paalala-fire-prevention-measures-holiday-season
  • https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/11177-extension-cord-dos-and-donts
  • DOE
  • BFP
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