Safety tips during the cold front

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services want to warn people of wet and cold weather that will affect Johannesburg and the surrounding areas from May 14 to May 16. The weather is associated with a cold front that is passing over the city.

The cold front is expected to produce a significant drop in temperatures that is accompanied by heavy rainfall. This rainfall can lead to a risk of localised flooding in some areas. When using heating equipment during the cold period be aware that improper use of this equipment can lead to dangerous situations.

City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi has released the following safety tips when using heating during the cold front:

Candle safety tips:

• Keep candles away from children

• A child should not be left unattended in a room with a candle.

• Store candles, matches and lighters away from the reach of children.

• A candle should not be used to light stoves.

• A candle should not be used in a confined space.

Braziers or Imbaula stove tips:

• Make sure to use it in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide inhalation.

• Take the brazier or Imbaula outside before you go to bed.

Paraffin safety:

• Put your paraffin stove on a flat surface where it cannot fall or get knocked over.

• Use safe containers to store paraffin.

Before you go to bed or out:

• Never go to bed or out with a candle or paraffin lamp still burning.

• Switch off heaters and stoves at the plug before going to bed or out.

• Always put out cigarettes carefully. Do not smoke in bed.

For any life-threatening emergencies call 10177 on Telkom landline or 112 on your cellphone or 011 375 5911.

Also Read:

Tips to ensure your family is safe this winter

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Roedolf Walker
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