A smoke detector alarm system has the potential to prevent fatalities in shack fires, says disaster risk researcher Patricia Zweig.
A mother and her five children died in the shack fire on Monday in Phola Park, Philippi East.
Zweig says an informal dwelling can burn down in three minutes our less and emphasises the importance of smoke detection.
She says smoke alarm can either catch fires and put them out or give informal dwellers enough time to escape.
Response isn't the issue, being proactive is the issue.— Patricia Zweig, Researcher at Research Alliance for Disasters and Risk Reduction
The smoke alarm is the most effective. Before a fire becomes a flaring fore, it smolders for a period of time.— Patricia Zweig, Researcher at Research Alliance for Disasters and Risk Reduction
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