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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, March 12 (PIA) -- Saying that short circuits due to long extended extension lines that result in "octopus" connections were often traced as the main cause of most fires that happened in the city, the Fire Department here issued a simple advice: unplug electric connections when not in use.

The advice is applicable to any place that uses electricity, like homes, offices, and business establishments, said Insp. Kenneth Casas, Chief Fire Marshall.

The Bureau of Fire Protection in the city joins the nation in observing the month of March as Fire Prevention Month with the theme, "Kaligtasan sa Sunog Alamin, Gawin, at Isabuhay Natin" aimed at raising people's awareness and lessen fire incidence.

During the Provincial Report cable TV Program last week where Firemen were guests as part of their series of month-long activities, SFO2 Normalito Caube, the chief of operations, disclosed that as per their records, there were 21 cases of fire alarms they responded in the year 2013 but was reduced to 9 cases in 2014.

Most causes of the fires were related to faulty electrical wirings, thus the need to unplug appliances after being used, including charging of cellular phones, Caube said.

For the first two months of 2015, no fire alarm was reported, Caube also said.

But in the first two weeks of this month, or just two days after the taping of the cable TV program, a fire broke out in an old house in barangay Combado, and another one this week at an eatery in the center part of the city, but luckily the two blazing incidents were controlled quickly and none was reported hurt.

Investigation for the causes was still ongoing at this writing, but faulty electrical connection was usually among the factors considered. (ajc/esg/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)