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When temperatures plummet in winter, most people love to light a cosy fire or to snuggle up to a heater to keep warm. All of these heating efforts increase the risk of fires in the home, so it’s important to make everyone in your family aware of the dangers of fire during this season. Almost 99% of all fires are caused by human negligence, specifically through electrical faults or carelessness. Cigarettes, matches and lighters, candles, heating appliances and open braai fires can all cause fires if not carefully monitored.
To prevent the loss of lives and property, we’ve put together a few tips to stay safe whilst keeping warm this winter.
Fireplaces and braais
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, it is a great way to stay warm and cosy this winter but be sure to have it inspected and cleaned regularly:
Electrical appliances and cooking
In case of a fire at home
Santam helps to assist vulnerable communities against fire risk
The devastating fires in recent years have highlighted the need for better collaboration between provincial and district disaster management centres to enhance the capacity of local government in the areas of fire and flood risk management. Santam and the Department of Cooperative Governance has expanded their partnership to assist vulnerable communities against the risk of fire, flooding and storm surge hazards. Five million people stand to benefit from the extension of this Partnership for Risk and Resilience (P4RR).
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