ALERT: Cold front to hit Joburg this weekend

Most parts of Joburg will experience a significant drop in temperatures over the weekend, the City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, said.

“This significant drop in temperatures means that most of the citizens of the City of Johannesburg will be exposed to extremely cold temperatures forcing them to use heating and lighting appliances to try and warm themselves. These appliances might be dangerous if they are used unsafely,” he said.

Mulaudzi said the department will remain on high alert to make sure that it responds to any emergency that might occur.

“The main focus will be on our 189 informal settlements throughout the City since they are the most vulnerable to fires when the weather is like this,” he said.

If you are planning on using your heater this weekend, Mulaudzi urged that you do not leave it unattended.

 

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 safety tips:

  • Use in a well ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide inhalation
  • Take it outside before you go to bed.

 

Paraffin safety tips:

  • Put your paraffin stove on a flat surface where it can’t fall or get knocked over
  • Use safe containers to store paraffin.

 

Remember, before you go to bed or go out:

  • Never go to bed or go out when a candle or paraffin lamp is still burning
  • Switch off heaters and stoves at the plug before going to bed or going out
  • Always put out cigarettes carefully and do not smoke in bed.

 

 

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

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