THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is on 24/7 standy-by to respond to any emergency situations during the welcome for the New Year.
“We have people working 24 hours. Our 150 ambulances nationwide are on stand-by ready to respond to emergency situations. Our firetrucks and water tankers are on alert. Our blood banks are open even during holidays,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said
PRC’s life-saving assets, manned by dedicated staff and volunteers, are on duty round-the-clock to attend to emergency cases.
Gordon urged the public to refrain from celebrating the New Year with fireworks.
Doing so can eliminate fire hazards aside from being environment friendly by reducing the smoke emitted by fireworks. The smoke poses a health hazard especially to individuals suffering from asthma.
“Have a healthy lifestyle. Don’t burn your money. Instead, celebrate the New Year with your families simply, spending time with them. Let us welcome the New Year resolving to support different humanitarian programs,” Gordon said.
PRC also reminded Filipinos who are travelling for the long weekends to observe road safety by checking “BLOWBAGETS,” which stands for breaks, lights, oil, water, battery, air, gas, engine, tires, and self.
The organization also issued the following safety tips: