The Bureau of Fire Protection has joined the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela project that prepares schools for the opening of classes next month.
BFP officer-in-charge Carlito Romero has issued a memorandum to all city and municipal fire marshals directing them to help parents, school administrators and other organizations repair and clean up public schools and promote fire safety.
BFP personnel conduct lectures, drills and fire safety inspections in all buildings, structures and facilities of public elementary and high schools. All schools are also encouraged to organize fire brigades and other activities that will ensure the safety of the students and teachers.
The bureau has guaranteed that all private and public schools will be inspected before school year 2014-2015 opens. It has also obliged all dormitories and boarding houses to comply with fire safety ordinances.
To preserve a fire-free and safe school community, the BFP advised schools to conduct a regular fire drill and inform teachers, students and the surrounding community of fire safety guidelines.
It said school buildings must be equipped with fire extinguishers and must have fire exits that are free from obstructions.
Electrical connections must be regularly checked and care must be taken when using matches/flames in science experiments or home econo–mics cooking, the bureau cautioned.