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Prevent Fire: Make Your Home Smokefree

Posted Mar 01 2013 9:23pm

March, the start of at least three months of hot weather, is Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. Already, a girl died and a firefighter was hurt when flames engulfed a residential area in Quezon City on the first day of Fire Prevention Month. 

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducts once again its intensive campaign to educate and remind Filipinos about the value of preventive measures to avoid any disaster that may be caused by fire. The BFP in the National Capital Region reported that 2012 saw around 2,000 fires break-out in Metro Manila, with faulty electrical wiring responsible for over 1,500 of these. 
Curiously, the report indicated careless smoking as the next most common cause of fire in Metro Manila. Home fire will not only destroy your hard-earned properties, it can also put the lives of your family as well as your neighbors in danger. If you smoke or live with someone who smokes, learn how you can help prevent fires caused by smoking materials. However, it is still best not to smoke in your home. 
Keeping your home smokefree will not only prevent fires, it also protects your family, especially children, from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. Smoking indoors one time is enough to contaminate the rest of the house. The smoke lingers in the air and settles on surfaces in rooms throughout your home. 
This smoke can be ingested by children, making them sick with ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The smoke can be inhaled by children, or ingested through putting items in their mouths. Make your home smokefree. If you choose to smoke, go outside the home far from doors and windows. Keep a special ‘smoking jacket’ or other shirt you wear when you smoke, so you do not bring clothes full of smoke back into a smoke free home. Let your guests know that your house is smokefree. Consider posting a sign to remind visitors that there is no smoking in your house.
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