Fire safety tips - how to stay safe this winter

2016-06-15 06:00
Make the fire small enough to be able to control.

Make the fire small enough to be able to control.

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IT is important when trying to keep warm in the cold weather to remember safety first. ER24 has issued the following safety measures:

Heater safety

• Ensure that your heater is in good working order and that cords and other components are not damaged. If you use a gas heater, inspect it to ensure there are no leaks. If valves, pipes or other components of the heater are damaged, either replace the parts that can be replaced or buy a new heater.

• Ensure proper ventilation when using gas heaters or other fuel burning appliances. Outdoor heaters should not be used indoors. Flammable liquids meant for other purposes should not be used to start a fire.

• Never leave a heater unattended while on.

• Do not place heaters on carpets or close to curtains, couches and other items that could easily be set alight.

• Do not use makeshift heaters, stoves included, to keep warm.

Fireplace

• Maintain it - have the chimney inspected and cleaned

• Make the fire small enough to be able to control. Keep flammable items away and extinguish when going out the room.

• Ensure there is proper ventilation in the room.

• Put an appropriate screen in front of the fireplace as a safeguard as well as to prevent embers from jumping out.

Additional safety measures • Install smoke detectors and test them regularly

• Keep a fire extinguisher at home.

• Check your windows and ensure that they open easily.

• Keeping a ladder at home is advised especially if you live in a multi-storey house.

• Have an escape plan. Ensure all members of the family know what to do in a fire.

• In case of a fire at home, sound the fire alarm if you have one and call emergency services. Exit the building. If caught in a smoke-filled room, get as low as possible to the ground and exit the house. You can also cover your mouth and nose with a moist cloth, to reduce smoke inhalation.

General fire safety

• Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.

• Candles are a common cause of residential fires. Often, the candle is placed in a plastic makeshift holder or simply stuck down on a table without a holder. Lit candles should be put in a proper non-flammable holder that cannot easily be bumped or blown over by the wind. It should not be placed near curtains or anything flammable.
Do not leave a candle burning if you go to bed or leave the property. Also, never leave children unattended near a lit candle or any fire for that matter.

People with extensive burn wounds need to be transported to hospital as soon as possible.
Emergency services should be contacted immediately. For minor burns, run clean cool tap water over the burn for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
If arms and legs are affected, try to elevate the person to decrease the swelling.

What not to do if you sustain burn wounds:

• Do not pop or remove blisters.

• Do not put ice on the burn/s.

• Do not use home remedies like coffee, butter, toothpaste, mustard, soy sauce and milk. The patient stands a greater chance of infection and further wound damage if these substances are used.

ER24 Emergency Contact Centre can be reached on 084 124 for any medical emergency.

- ER24.

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