Cebu City Fire Bureau Reminds Public: Check Electrical Wiring to Prevent Fires

A fire struck a store, whose owner was renting space in a two-story building along Plaridel St., Barangay Ermita, Cebu City at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2021. The fire was extinguished at 6:17 p.m. | screenshot from video contributed via Paul Lauro

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Fire Bureau (CCFO) reminds the public to check the electrical wiring in their homes or buildings to reduce the risk of fire.

This was said by CCFO Senior Fire Officer (SFO2) Wendell Villanueva after successive fires have occurred here since the start of Fire Prevention Month 2022 on March 1, 2022.

“We are perplexed given that we observe Fire Prevention Month in March. Supposedly this time of year is mostly sunny, but this year it’s the exact opposite. [as it’s alway raining]. I have spoken with investigators and they are still on the ground investigating the cause of the fire. But they are more focused on possibly the cause having something to do with electrical wiring,” Villanueva said.

The CCFO said that in the first six days of the month there have already been six fires which have caused damage of 14 million pesos. The majority of these fires were residential fires.

On March 1, the Fire Prevention Month Launch Ceremony was greeted by a fire at the Barangay Capitol site and in Pardo.

On March 5, they also responded to fires in Mabolo and Ermita barangays.

On Sunday, March 6, there were fire alarms in the San Antonio and Lahug barangays.

Villanueva said it’s also possible the damage from Super Typhoon Odette had something to do with the fires.

“Because those homes involved in the fire have been damaged, possibly due to electrical wiring that has not been checked by licensed electricians [after Odette]. And since it’s raining these days, [these faulty wirings] may have ignited, possibly causing a fire,” he said.

Super Typhoon Odette caused massive damage to most parts of Cebu including Cebu City on December 16.

With this, Villanueva appeals to the public to have their electrical wirings checked by licensed electricians.

“We appeal to the public that, where possible, since most of the electricity has already been restored, it would be better for us to review the electrical connections and wiring that may have been destroyed by Odette,” said Villabueva.

While that’s easier said than done, Villanueva said presence of mind is crucial to avoiding a fire and reacting to it when it happens. He added that everyone should have a habit of checking their devices and devices at home that could cause a fire.

“Fire safety is everyone’s business,” concludes Villanueva.

In March 2020, CCFO recorded 23 fires with 1.4 million pesos in damage. In 2021, there were 18 fires, causing 7.4 million pesos in damage.

/bmjo

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