September 9, 2007

BFP: 90% of private, public buildings inspected

THE Laoag City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) announced that at least 90% of government and private buildings in Laoag has undergone fire safety inspection.

Laoag fire marshal William Ralleca said he is hopeful the BFP would complete the fire safety inspection in all of the city’s buildings this September.

Ralleca said the fire safety inspection in both government and private buildings is part if their annual activity aside from the usual business establishment fire safety inspection.

The said inspection aims to check for fire hazards in buildings.

Of the buildings already inspected, Ralleca said about half have failed to comply with the firefighting equipments and secondary fire exits requirements. A third—the installation of emergency lights—is optional.

The fire marshal explained that the absence of secondary fire exits were due to lack of funds, especially in government buildings.

Private buildings, however, Ralleca continued, immediately complied.

After completion of the fire safety inspection, Ralleca said the BFP will again conduct surprise inspections to ensure that all buildings in the city have complied with all the requirements.

He ended the interview by saying that these inspections are for the benefits of the building owners and occupants to ensure their safety should a fire break out in the said edifice.

The Ilocos Times tried to reach Ang for his comment but he was unavailable as of press time. .

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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