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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BFP Bicol reminds boarding houses to observe fire safety

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, June 7 (PIA) – With the start of the 2016-2017 school year only a few days away, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Bicol regional office has reminded owners of boarding houses and student residences to abide by fire safety regulations.

On his radio interview with PIA-5 last June 7, SFO4 Aramis Balde of BFP-5 conveyed the bureau’s stern reminder to owners of boarding houses to have their buildings and facilities inspected for fire safety compliance and earn their ‘Fire Safety Inspection Certificate’ (FSIC) before operating.

To be issued a FSIC, the boarding house should first have a business permit and legally registered. They must pass the fire safety requirements, like having ample fire extinguishers, hallways of the right width, and separate entrances and exits.        

If the boarding house or building is found to be in violation of the fire safety rules, they will be given 15 days to comply. If after the 15 period the facility still did not comply, they will be fined. If 45 days expired since the initial inspection and the business is still non-compliant, BFP will issue a ‘closure order’ and warn the public.

BFP-5 is also urging the public to report any business facility that is not complying with the fire safety regulations for the sake of public safety. Before settling in any boarding house, the general public, especially the students, are advised to check if the place have been issued an FSIC.

“We (BFP) need the cooperation of the people in ensuring compliance of fire safety rules. We ask everyone to be vigilant.” said Balde.

According to BFP-5, the bureau has already begun conducting rigorous inspections of student residences and boarding houses as early as the second week of May, in anticipation of the incoming school year. Their efforts are expected to continue throughout the month of June, as it is celebrated as the country’s “School Fire Safety Month”. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301465347708/bfp-bicol-reminds-boarding-houses-to-observe-fire-safety#sthash.3sHxUXtJ.dpuf

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