Fire in Bfn raises awareness for prevention

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A fire that broke out at a block of flats above a commercial property on the N8 Road in Bloemfontein on 6 August 2021, has turned the spotlight to winter fires once again.

Nico Le Roux, a technician from Fidelity ADT, responded to the scene of the burning building after receiving a request for assistance from a customer on a WhatsApp group.

Security were asked to redirect traffic so that the fire department could attend to the scene safely as the road on which this building is located, is part of the N8 Road leading to Thaba Nchu.

With the help of the security teams, the fire brigade managed to access the building and extinguish the fire.  No serious injuries were reported.

Robin Goveia, branch manager for Fidelity ADT, says every year more and more businesses and houses are lost to fire around the country. “Fire moves and spreads quickly, in fact, it generally takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to escalate into a major fire.”

Goveia offers the following important tips on fire safety:

  • Do not overload electrical sockets or run electrical cords under carpets.
  • Develop and practice an escape plan – plan two ways out of every room.
  • Display your local fire department telephone number near the phone, then memorise it.
  • If you smell or see smoke, crawl on the floor to the nearest exit.
  • Never open a door that is too hot to touch.
  • Alert or wake everybody in the building as quickly as possible.
  • If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll.
  • Never re-enter the premises for personal belongings.
  • Only tackle the fire if it is safe to do so.

Goveia explained that every business and household should be equipped with at least smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket.

“There are products to suit every budget, and for a minimal investment you will have a valuable early-warning system and the means to get a minor fire under control,” Goveia concluded.

Corn Koteli

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