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National Burns Awareness Week

April 30, 2019 by optima

The South African National Burn Safety Awareness Week is from 6 to 12 May. The National Burns Association of South Africa (NBASA) has some important information to share on burns awareness and safety.

Burns awareness and safety at home

  • Have working smoke alarms in your home
  • Have an ESCAPE plan
  • Use quick release devices on security-barred windows
  • Learn at least two escape routes/emergency exits from each room.

ARM yourself with KNOWLEDGE

  • Use the correct equipment (fire extinguishers in the kitchen, etc.)
  • Keep Burnshield products for burns
  • Call 10177 for help in a fire situation or 112 on a cell phone.

Hot water or liquids can cause burns

  • Adjust the temperature of the geyser to 55°C
  • When cooking with oil, have a lid nearby that can be quickly placed over any oil if it ignites. A wet cloth or baking powder can also be used to smother the flames
    • Never throw water onto burning oil, it can spread the fire and also cause an explosion
    • Have a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket available in the kitchen.

Electricity can cause fires or burns

  • Do not overload electrical circuits, especially extension cords
  • Supplying other properties or buildings with electricity by using long extensions, especially if they cross streets, can lead to electrocution and fire
  • Never use electrical appliances with wet hands, in the bathroom or pool, as water conducts electricity
  • Always unplug heat-producing appliances when not in use, especially irons and heaters
  • A heater must be at least 1m away from anything that may catch fire (clothing, furniture or curtains). DO NOT dry clothes on a heater.

For more information visit the National Burn Awareness South Africa website.

 

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