Why is March Fire Prevention Month?

Natashya Gutierrez
Why is March Fire Prevention Month?
March has one of the most number of fire incidents in a year

MANILA, Philippines – Do you know why March is the Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines?

This dates back to 1966, when then President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 115-A that assigned a particular aspect of safety and accident prevention to each month of the year.

JANUARY General Orientation
FEBRUARY Air Transportation
MARCH Fire Prevention
APRIL Vacation Hazards
MAY Land Transportation
JUNE Sea Transportation
JULY Schools
AUGUST Farms
SEPTEMBER Health and Sanitation
OCTOBER Industry and Commerce
NOVEMBER Homes
DECEMBER Holiday Hazards

This initiative, according to the proclamation, propagates “safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law.”

Incidentally, March was also declared the Burn Prevention Month, as per Proclamation 360 of former president Corazon Aquino. This proclamation, signed in 1989, aims “to disseminate knowledge in the field of burn prevention and to enhance education in all phases of burn care”.

March happens to be one of the hottest months in the country. According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), it is around this month when temperature and humidity starts to reach high levels, causing “high sensible temperature” in the country.

The hot dry season in the country usually runs from March to May.

Also, a high record of fire incidents were recorded around this month. Based on data from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA), March has one of the highest number of fire incidents reported from 2010 to 2013.

Month2010201120122013
January 1,0404 686 771 793
February 1,308 815 686 926
March 1,661 900 902 1,098
April 1,573 1,256 874 1,652
May 1,165 784 737 1,370
June 605 653 625 835
July 544 563 617 763
August 546 580 734 835
September 583 627 580 947
October 588 623 684 984
November 553 680 724 992
December 643 657 864 1,106

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), an average of 9 fire incidents nationwide are happening everyday.

Do you know what to do in case of fire? Follow these precautionary measures to lessen the risk to your personal safety. – Rappler.com

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