Be careful with heat this cold season

2017-04-26 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Take note of this advice when attending to burns.

PHOTO: supplied Take note of this advice when attending to burns.

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AS the start of the colder season approaches, Netcare 911 urges everyone to take care of their property and families.

In winter it is common to see people using open flame devices or electric heaters to keep warm or to supply light.

The most common items that are used are primus stoves and candles, especially in areas that have no electricity.

However, just as dangerous are gas and electric heaters.

Let us look at the open flames first.

Not only is there the danger of them falling over and setting the place alight while you are sleeping, they are also a problem as the burning flames give off carbon monoxide that could be fatal if there is no ventilation in the room.

However, in the same way any heater, whether open flame or electric, if placed too close to any combustible material could radiate heat to such an extent that the materials could start burning.

If this happens while everybody is asleep you stand not only the chance to sustain severe burns, but also to be overcome and die due to the toxic fumes in the smoke.

So please take care and make sure the area you are using open flames in is well ventilated and the flames are extinguished before you go to sleep.

When using candles make sure that they are in a candleholder that cannot fall over and are placed away from any combustible materials.

When using heaters, it is advised to place them away from any material that could catch fire. Don’t hang clothes over them to dry and rather switch them off before you go to sleep.

- Netcare 911

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