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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.