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Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection will inspect boarding houses and dormitories in Bacolod City starting next week in preparation for the opening of classes, City Fire Marshall Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran, said yesterday.

Beliran said they will begin the inspection even though there are no orders yet from the Regional BFP office so they could send notices earlier to those found with violations.

Beliran, former head of the BFP-6 operations branch, said the common violations they find during inspections of boarding houses and dormitories are the absence of fire exits and fire fighting apparatus, obstructed pathways and tampered electrical fuses.

Boarding houses and dormitories found with violations will be given notices so they can correct them in 15-days before they are meted with penalties.

As to the installation of sprinkler systems, Beliran said, most of the buildings have already complied, while some are in the process of complying.

He urged businessmen anew to comply with the retroactive implementation of the sprinkler law, otherwise, they will face fines or, worse, closure.*APN

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