BFP Talisay inspect school facilities damaged by ‘Odette’

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THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Talisay City, Cebu have been inspecting public and private schools to determine if these are already safe for use after incurring damage due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Guiler Pegarido, of Talisay City Fire Station, said that so far, only few problems have remained unsolved as others have already been fixed by the schools.

"The school, through the years, is slowly complying with the request of Talisay City Fire using the fund coming from the Department of Education (DepEd). Dili mana tanan eskwelahan nga dagko og budget. Sa kinatibuk-an, ang DepEd gamay raman gyud ang budget with regards to that, additional nga mga requirements for fire safety," Pegarido said.

(Not all schools have big budget. In general, DepEd has a small budget with regards to that, additional requirements for fire safety).

"And, of course, nakuhaan usab ang ilang deficiency with regards sa exit, ni comply na sila sa mga alternate exit niadtong mga two-story building or more, and with regards sa opening sa door, ato nang gi-correct. Instead swing outside, ato nang gipa-swing inside, ingon man naa na pud sila fire protection," he added.

He said they have already finished checking half of the total number of schools in Talisay City since the inspection started before the start of limited face-to-face classes on August 22.

Pegarido said one of the reasons for the inspection is to ensure the safety of students as they attend classes.

"Kay ato tan-awon kon safe ba gyud ang eskwelahan una siya gamiton pero karon kay nagsugod naman ang klase, amo nang gipaspasan ang pag-inspeksiyon," matud ni Pegarido.

(To see if the schools are already safe before being used, but since classes have already started we hastened the inspection.)

The fire official said they prioritized inspecting schools located in the city proper, before going to the coastal barangays and later to upland barangays.

Among those checked were electrical wirings and roofs in the classrooms, which were previously damaged by the typhoon.

The BFP Talisay personnel were also asking certification from electricians that the school wirings were properly installed.

"So mangayo ta ug certification sa mga electrician kon ok na ba kadtong mga wirings nga nangaguba og mga atop sa building," Pegarido said.

(So we asked a certification from the electricians if the damaged wirings were okay as well as the roofs of the building).

A leaky roof could cause electrical wirings in the ceiling to malfunction and this may even lead to fire if not attended immediately, he said. (BBT, TPT)