Fire safety advice from GNFS

  • Police personnel guarding the  Goil filling station  after the explosion

    Police personnel guarding the Goil filling station
    after the explosion

    If water is of questionable purity, boil drinking water for 10 minutes.

  • Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
  • Keep windows and doors open for ventilation
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (removing about 1/3 of the water volume each day)             to avoid                 structural damage.
  • Keep the power off until an electrician has inspected the system for safety. All electrical     equipment should be checked and dried before     being returned to service.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.

When making repairs, protect your property from future flood damage.

  • Follow local building codes.
  • Use flood-resistant materials and techniques
  • Elevate electrical components above the potential flood height.
  • Elevate utilities (washer, dryer, furnace, and water heater) above the level of anticipated flooding.
  • Consider elevation of the entire structure.
  • Install a backflow valve in the sewer system.

 

Source:   GNFS

 

DOMESTIC & INDUSTRIAL FIRES

These fires occur in our homes, offices, work places, schools and factories. They can occur any time of the year, day and minute of the hour. Therefore, constantly be alert to prevent and fight fires anytime and anywhere.

 

CAUSES

Naked Lights and Fires

Candles, lanterns (‘bobo’ or ‘osono’) burning     charcoal and wood, lighted matches, lighters      and cigarettes.

Explosives

Gas, petrol, spirit, lacquers, thinners and highly

pressurised sprays explode and cause fire when they got into contact with naked flame/ fire, very       hot or glowing objects at very high temperatures.

Electrical fires  Caused by faulty electrical installations / wiring connection, roof faulty wires, sockets, poor or   sub-standard electric and electronic gadgets   equipment/appliances, exposed “live” electric wires due to over-use, scratches and grawing by rodents.

Over- loading of sockets with too many appliances  which uses more power than the sockets can supply.

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