Participants takes fire awareness to communities

19 December, 2016

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Participants takes fire awareness to communities

19 Dec,2016Fire Awareness

The KwaZulu-Natal Underberg Team conducted a door-to-door fire awareness campaign in the Mqatsheni community. The campaign aims to educate communities and make them aware of how to identify and reduce the risks around their homes.

Underberg’s Base Communicat ions Representative (BCR), Mlondi Molefe, says they taught community members about the dangers of fires and how to keep safe when there is a fire.

“It’s more effective when interacting with community members face to face as we can go around the house together identifying dangerous fuel loads surrounding their home,” says Molefe.

As the winter fire season draws to an end, the province is experiencing fewer veld and forest wildfires but there is still a risk of structural fires. In as much as WOF firefighters can only assist in veld and forest fires, they also want to empower community members to protect themselves from fire and loss of property and lives.

“We also showed community members that staying safe doesn’t need to cost money, by teaching them candle safety measures such as putting sand in an enamel mug and placing the candle inside,” says Molefe, who points out that candles must not be placed near flammable material such as curtains or furniture. Community members were impressed by the inexpensive ways they could protect themselves from fires this summer season.

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