BFP Inspects Schools and Dormitories

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BFP Inspects Schools and Dormitories


Manila, Philippines --- Before students in the metro flock to their classrooms on Monday, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) National Capital Region (NCR) is reminding all schools, colleges, and universities to check if fire safety standards are met with, since they have inspected the same fire violations committed each year.

BFP - NCR Director Chief Supt. Santiago Laguna said that they have inspected a total of 1,125 establishments which include public elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as boarding houses and dormitories.

In the NCR, the BFP has already inspected 321 public schools, 411 colleges and universities, and 393 boarding houses and dormitories.

Laguna noted that the usual fire safety violations were committed, which include having no wet stand pipe system installed.

There are also defective and inadequate units of fire alarm system, and inadequate portable fire extinguishers and automatic battery-operated emergency lights.

Other mistakes Laguna noticed were as simple as having no directional signs posted, and no smoking signs.

Moreover, he stressed that fire exits should never be obstructed or padlocked, and any obstructions from the corridors should be removed.

As for some schools, they have no fire hoses in their fire hose cabinets. Others have no organized fire brigade, and their electrical outlet and circuit breakers are defective.

They have no fixed ladder on the fire exit, no standard electrical wiring installation, and their fire extinguishers are not properly maintained.

Laguna hopes that these establishments act quickly on their violations in order to ensure the safety of the students.

Meanwhile, to ensure that they comply with government standards and specifications, the Department of Building Official in Quezon City is set to close down 35 illegal dormitories at the University of the Philippines (UP) compound in Barangay Krus na Ligas.

Engineer Isagani Versoza Quezon City's building official said that only four of the 39 dormitory owners have complied with the notice given by his office last year. …

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