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Tips on how to Prevent Fire at Home​

As we enter the part of the year characterised by extremely hot conditions, fires become prevalent and it is important that you know what to do to minimise fire risk in your home.

Tips on how to prevent fires at home​

  • Turn off all electrical appliances if a power failure occurs in your area
  • Never overload wall sockets, as this increases risk of a fire
  • Do not leave pots unattended on a stove when cooking
  • Ensure that your stoves and candles are well placed in a balanced surface and cannot fall over any time
  • Make sure you do not leave your home or fall asleep while your candles , heaters , braziers or paraffin stoves are still switched on
  • Educate children about the dangers of a fire and what they should do if they find themselves in fire risk situation
  • Train children on the dangers of paraffin and matches
  • Store matches and lighters up high, out of reach of children
  • Do not leave your children alone at home while (candles, heaters, braziers and paraffin stoves) are on
  • If you have security bars on your windows or doors, make sure there is a release mechanism that works and that everyone in the household knows how to use
  • Never allow children to play with an open fire, especially inside the house
  • Make sure children never touch a space heater or put objects near it
  • Keep appliance cords and wires out of reach of young children.

Important Contacts

Ambulance or the fire department: 10177

South African Police Service: 10111