Veld fires threaten homes in Polokwane

An increase in the number of veld fires in Polokwane recently has led Sonette McCabe, Branch Manager Fidelity ADT, to urge all residents to be extra careful at this time. “The dry, hot weather is sparking fires in the veld next to properties and we have seen incidents were houses have been threatened,” she says.

“It is very important to ensure you are fire ready should the unexpected happens.”

She adds that when officers respond to the scene of a fire, more often than not there are no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers at the premises. While there seems to be a shift towards greater fire prevention measures being put in place in homes and businesses, more still needs to be done.

“Installing smoke alarms isn’t common practice in South Africa – but it should be. Linked to an armed response service, you’ll have peace of mind that help is on its way in the event of a fire emergency, when every second counts,” she says.

“We are in a high danger period for fires so please consider these important do’s and don’ts,” says McCabe.

Fidelity ADT’s Do’s and Don’ts:


  • Install smoke alarms and have them linked to your alarm system
  • Buy at least one fire extinguisher for your home
  • Know your emergency numbers and what to do in an emergency
  • Check electrical cables for faults and take note of warnings on electrical appliances
  • Keep low when exiting a smoke-filled room and cover your nose and mouth with a damp cloth
  • Work out an emergency fire drill with your family


  • Leave a burning candle, heater, pot of oil or fire unattended – ever!
  • Pack up your personal belongings before getting to safety
  • Try to put an oil fire out with water
  • Open a door which is hot to the touch
  • Go back into the house if you’ve made it outside safely
  • Go into a room that is on fire

“Fire safety is complex but there are certain basic concepts that help prevent the start and spread of fires. Fires can be deadly and devastating. We encourage everyone to spend a bit of time thinking about fire prevention and taking steps to ensure their loved ones are protected,” she concludes.