What are the top 3 causes of fire in the Philippines?
Moms and dads, it's the start of Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines, so it's important to know and avoid the top 3 causes of fire in the Philippines.
This March is Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. This is no coincidence since March is the month when the most fires happen. Along with fire safety tips, it’s important for moms and dads to be aware what is the most common cause of building fires in the Philippines.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is the most common cause of building fires in the Philippines
1. Faulty electrical connections
Faulty electrical connections are by far the most common cause of fire in the Philippines. This problem can come from old wiring, improper connections, or sometimes due to an overload problem.
This is why it’s important to always check the electrical connections in your home. Avoid making octopus connections or overloading a single outlet with multiple extension cords or too many appliances.
2. Cigarette butts
Families with smokers should be extra careful when it comes to disposing of cigarette butts. That’s because people sometimes neglect to put out the cigarette properly, and then put it in a trash can or someplace where it causes a fire.
It’s important to always make sure that the cigarette butt is completely put out before throwing it away. Or simply quit smoking entirely.
Smoking isn’t a good habit to have as it causes a lot of diseases, and it can also cause a lot of problems for the people around you as a result of second-hand smoke.
3. Open flames from unattended stoves
Lastly, open flames from stoves are the third most common cause of house fires in the Philippines.
It’s important to never leave any open stove unattended. And make sure to turn off the gas main after cooking. This helps prevent any gas explosions or open flames that can start a house fire.
It’s also a good idea to have smoke alarms in every room and ensure that their batteries are working. Keep fire extinguishers at home in order quickly put out any accidental fires. Finally, always have an escape plan in case a fire starts in your home.
Source: ABS-CBN News
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