The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reminded families going on vacation to ensure that their houses are fire-free before leaving.

Barrister Carl Conde, BFP Palawan administrative officer, said they aim to keep the Holy Week “fire-free.”

“We are calling the attention of the public to include regularly in their household discussions the topic about fire-safety… we must not only fear thieves and crimes. Our family members’ consciousness and awareness of fire-safety is a priority,” Conde said.

He advised the public to unplug all electrical appliances, turn off the lights, properly close their LPG valvez, and store flammable materials or substances in safe places.

It is important to have someone to look after the house if everyone in the family is leaving, he also said.

If no one will be left, it is important to switch off the main source of power, he added.

“To the public, please leave your contact numbers to your trusted neighbors and relatives including our emergency hotlines and other important phone numbers,” he pointed out.

The BFP in Puerto Princesa  City will be on heightened alert for the Holy Week and will raise it to full alert during Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 18 and 19.

Conde said they are seeking the full cooperation of the public for a fire-safe Lenten Season.

For any fire emergencies, the public may call using City BFP hotlines 0977-8551-600 and 0925-707-7710.

“Those lines are open 24/7 (open all the time; twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week). Rest assured that none of our fire officers will be on leave. We are in a heightened alert for the Lenten break, to be followed by red alert during Thursday and Friday,” Conde said.

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