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WC to roll out smoke detectors to reduce fires in informal settlements

As fire season draws near in the Cape, all eyes are on how to manage fire outbreaks in vulnerable high risk communities.

The Western Cape Disaster Management have been working with Department of Civil engineering at University of Stellenbosch to do research into early warning fire detection systems.

Richard Walls, from the fire engineering research group in the Department of Civil engineering at University of Stellenbosch, says they have been setting up tests with different types of fires and evaluating fire detectors that are available on the market to see which is best suited.

The aim was to find a suitable detector that will warn people in time when fires break out.

According to Walls, the Western Cape government has launched the next phase of a pilot project, rolling out photo electric smoke detectors with a 10-year lithium battery, to a number of informal settlements.

He says when doing tests they found this detector to be suitable because it goes off when detecting smoke even when there are no flames and it costs less than R150 a unit.

The are hoping to reduce fire incidents in informal settlements.

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