SAARP raise fire safety concerns

2015-06-17 06:00
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AMANZIMTOTI Fire and Rescue’s Nomphilo Mkhize addressed the South African Association of Retired Persons (SAARP) at their monthly meeting held recently in the library activities room. Mkhize inquired about the safety of buildings in the area.

She highlighted that each complex or building should have a sign for evacuation. “If there is a sign, the fire department will understand your procedure and it will be quicker to salvage the situation,” Mkhize said.

She said each complex must do an evacuation practice at least twice a year. Every property should also have a bell, a whistle or a siren to warn residents that there is a fire. Buildings like flats, complexes and old-age homes should have a fire supervisor and deputy supervisor on each floor. “That person should make sure everybody hears the early warning sign. He should go to every house or room to ensure everybody knows,” Mkhize said.

It is advisable to have a register where people sign in and out, especially when one is dealing with disabled people, to know who is in the building he said. It is also advisable to have a list of people who will need assistance leaving the building.

Families should also do evacuation drills. “In many incidents children are the victims of fire. Too often we see a small child hiding in the cupboard or under the bed,” Mhkize stated.

Further services rendered by the fire department include assisting in road accidents, emergency assistance and rescue in the case of natura l disasters. The public must call the fire department in case of any emergency. “It is a free service that we offer and if we can do it, we will. Otherwise we can call the relevant group for assistance.

The fire department can be reached on 031 361 0000

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