Fire Emergencies: Be Aware, Be Prepared
Fire Safety Tips and Rules
- General Safety Rules:
- Keep a well-maintained fire extinguisher in your house, and know how to use it.
- If you have a garden hose, keep it rolled up and ready in case of a fire.
- Where possible, have more than one exit from your house.
- Have an escape plan, and make sure that the whole family knows the plan.
- Do not park in the way of a fire hydrant (and remind your neighbours and visitors to do the same).
- Safety around an Open Flame:
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
- Cut candles in half to prevent them falling over and use a candle holder.
- Never leave an open fire - for example around a braai – unattended.
- Do not let open fires, like a braai, get too big and out of control.
- Monitor weather conditions. If the wind is strong, rather put the fires out until the wind calms.
- What if a Fire Breaks out in My House?
- Warn people inside the house to get out safely.
- Help people to get out and stay out of harm's way.
- If there is a lot of smoke, crawl out below the smoke to escape the fire.
- Where possible, have more than one exit from your house, with clear routes to the door.
For more tips on how to prevent fires, you can visit the Fire and Rescue Services at the City of Cape Town's webpage.
When reporting fires, please contact your Local District Municipality
- City of Cape Town: 107 or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone
- Overberg: 028 425 1690
- West Coast: 022 433 8700
- Eden: 044 805 5071
- Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
- Cape Winelands: 021 887 4446
Be sure to save the appropriate number on your cellphone and to teach it to your children.
You can find general contact information of your local municipality on the following webpage.
- Frequently asked questions about fire safety
- Family disaster preparedness guidelines
- Protect yourself from fire
- Urban fringe fires
The Working on Fire programme (WoF), funded by the South African Government, is one of South Africa's most successful poverty alleviation, job creation and community upliftment initiatives.
Cape Town fire chief, Ian Schnetler, wants Capetonians to report motorists who toss cigarette butts out of their car windows.
The stompie hotline control centre number is (021) 424 7715.