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Gauteng officials take steps to prevent shack fires

The annual ‘winter safety campaign’ has already kicked off.

FILE: Hundreds of residents from the Slovo Park were left homeless after a fire razed 400 shacks to the ground. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the cold front sweeps through Gauteng, emergency services say they have taken steps to prevent deaths during shack fires.

The annual 'winter safety campaign' has already kicked off and includes door-to-door safety operations in more than 100 informal settlements.

Officials say on average they receive nearly 50 emergency calls a day about fires caused by heating and cooking equipment during the winter period.

Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says they're also focusing on vulnerable old-age homes.

"We have procured about 250 smoke detectors which we are distributing to about 14 old-age homes throughout the city that did not comply with fire regulations."

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