Learners taught hazards of fire

2016-03-23 06:00
DURING his presentation to the learners of the Tshiamo Primary School in Galeshewe, fireman Bokang Modiakgotla showed the learners their working equipment and clothes.

DURING his presentation to the learners of the Tshiamo Primary School in Galeshewe, fireman Bokang Modiakgotla showed the learners their working equipment and clothes.

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LEBOGANG SENYE (11) of the Tshiamo Primary School only had one day to learn how he could have saved a mother and baby from an injury during a shackfire in Mangope in 2015.

He did not have to be a fire fighter but just needed education on the necessary steps to follow when there is a fire.

The valuable lessons on fire fighting was taught to Senye and his gr. 4 and gr. 5 peers from the Tshiamo Primary School last week on Wednesday (16/03) at the Galeshewe Library Public Hall as part of Library Week.

The Galeshewe Library hosted a number of programmes in line with Library Week from 11 to 31 March where they were addressed by different motivational speakers.

Among the programmes were library orientation and crime prevention that focused on the escalating gangsterism within the community.

Fireman Bokang Modiakgotla highlighted the hazards associated with fire that can result in third degree burns that can leave a person scarred for more than 10 years.

“There are three steps to follow when there is a fire: Protect your face with your hands, drop down on your knees, then roll. By rolling you are suffocating the fire, because once it gets wind it spreads.”

“It is also important to crawl to the nearest exit during a fire.

“Remember to ask your parents to call the fire brigade before attempting to extinguish the fire personally,” advised Modiakgotla.

The fireman’s working tools and clothes X protective boots, jacket, gloves, helmet – including the third lung (breathing apparatus) X were displayed to the learners.

Are those clothes not too hot or too heavy? Is he not suffocating? What if the oxygen runs out? These were some of the curious questions raised by the learners.

In response Modiakgotla informed the learners that a fit fireman is able to carry an extra 10 kg weight (clothes and equipment) when duty calls.

“When we enter a building that is on fire, we carry an oxygen bottle containing 350 bars of oxygen. As soon as the bottle is empty it emits a warning sound. This is a signal that the firemen must leave the building by following the hose track.”

He encouraged the learners to concentrate on their studies and to be obedient and disciplined at home and school if they ever consider a career in fire fighting.

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