Editorial: The dangers of a long, hot season

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Monday, March 10, 2014

IT'S been weeks since we last saw rain and it is March, the month most prone to fire.

Last Friday was another fire that leaf 18 families homeless in Tibungco.

The way the weather is going, this will not be the last. The weather is too dry, grass are dying leaving areas that are prone to grassfire. Even trees are shedding leaves, leaving materials for tinder just waiting to be set off maybe by a carelessly thrown lighted cigarette. Worse, wind is up, unusually up. This can easily fan any tiny fire into a raging conflagration.


It pays to be very careful.

If a fire occurs at your home, three things: Get out, stay out, and call for help. Especially in this dry weather, fire can quickly get out of hand. Don't risk it.

It pays to orient every fire member on a fire escape plan, even practice it so that it becomes a habit. Panic can muddle your presence of mind, but a plan that is imprinted into one's mind can easily be executed even when panic hits.

It pays to keep a fire extinguisher handy as first response.

But most of all, mind your children.

Aside from faulty electrical wirings, one other most common are "child-playing fires."

There is wisdom in the oft-repeated reminder to keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of the reach of children.

We are very aware of hose Filipino homes are not child-playing fire proof with lighters and matches scattered all over. We just have to remember that these things we always ignore can cost you and your family your home, even some family member's life. Keep this in mind.

Then, the Filipino tendency to overload a single outlet. Don't. That is one cost-saving idea that never really saves cost in the long run.

It pays to invest on a fire alarm as well.

Considering the landscape of homes around here, ensure that areas prone to grassfire are properly monitored and tended to.

Just remember, the dry season will still have more weeks to go, let us make sure our homes and our families are safe.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 11, 2014.


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