Western Cape residents, living in informal settlements and townships, are continuously educated on how to fire-proof their homes to help avoid a loss of life or property in the Winter months.

Chief Director of Disaster Management, Colin Deiner says except for installing easy-to-use fire detectors in informal households, residents are also advised to stop using highly-flammable liquids such as paraffin for their cooking and heating needs.

Deiner says easy-to-install and cost-effective solutions work best.

He says the fires, once started, easily spread to other shacks in the vicinity.

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Western Cape Disaster Management has started readying the province’s emergency fire response strategies as the winter season approaches.

Every year, in the colder months, domestic fires in townships and informal settlements see a spike, leading to the loss of lives and destruction of thousands of homes.

Chief Director of Disaster Management, Colin Deiner says awareness programmes are rolled out on a continuous basis to educate residents on how to reduce the fire risk in their households.

Diener says more than 12,000 smoke detectors had also been installed in informal homes.

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