Be fire safe in winter

2017-07-05 06:01
Photo: suppliedER 24 spokes-person Russel Meiring.

Photo: suppliedER 24 spokes-person Russel Meiring.

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WINTER is when many struggle to keep warm and for many it’s the time of year where heaters are switched on and electric blankets unpacked, yet many do not have such luxuries and gas heaters and fires are lit to for warmth.

ER24 Spokesperson Emergency Media and Client Liaison Co-ordinator Russel Meiring about how to keep warm and still remain safe in winter.

He said that it is not uncommon for emergency personnel to be called out to residential fires especially in winter, and often they have to treat people for smoke inhalation or severe burns.

Meiring said that the overloading of plugs, makeshift fires left unattended and the incorrect or negligent use of heaters are some of the contributing factors to uncontrolled fires.

“One can avoid injury as well as loss of property by ensuring proper safety measures are in place.”


TIPS FOR A SAFE WINTER:

Heater safety

• Ensure 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 are damaged, either replace the parts that can be replaced or buy a new heater.

• Leaking gas is extremely dangerous and may result in an explosion. If you suspect a leak or if you are unsure, rather seek the assistance of a professional. 
Gas cylinders must be filled or exchanged at a reputable dealer.

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

 

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