Smoke alarms for Egoli

The settlement, as with many others in the area, have had several fires over the past few years.

Last week the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) in partnership with the Old Mutual Foundation installed 200 smoke alarms in the homes of residents who were previously affected by fires.

The alarms are photo-electric devices, which means that they detect smoke particles and are fitted with high performance lithium batteries that last for the lifespan of the product, which comes with a 10-year warranty.

The DRMC’s volunteer corps installed the devices and were joined by the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, JP Smith.

“Smoke alarms act as an early warning system and can reduce the risk of injury, death and the extent of fires. They are being fitted in some of our most vulnerable communities across the metro and we’re grateful to partners like the Old Mutual Foundation for these donations,” said Mr Smith.

“The DRMC will ensure that each recipient is fully apprised of how the alarm works and how to test it to ensure that it remains in proper working condition. Smoke detectors can warn you before you smell smoke or are aware of the fire and will give you time to get to safety. This is essential as many of the fires in informal settlements occur at night when most residents are asleep,” said Mr Smith.