Site icon Kaboutjie

Fighting Fire With Fire – Fire Safety Tips

Fire fighters

It doesn’t take much for a tiny spark, or a flame that comes into contact with the wrong material, to start a devastating fire. It’s a terrifying sight to see flames grow and spread, while being helpless to do anything to stop it.

Fire safety is a precaution which is frequently overlooked – something that those who have found themselves facing unwanted flames wish they had paid more attention to. The good news is that it’s never too late to wise-up on your fire literacy. BIC Lighters, a world-leading manufacturer of iconic BIC lighters, as well as firelighters, has compiled some top tips that you need to know, not only about preventing fires, but also what to do in the event of a fire.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Nip It In The Bud

Know When To Walk Away

Safety should always come first. They say  it only takes two minutes for a fire to turn from manageable to life-threatening, and only five before the house is engulfed in flames. The heat and smoke from a fire are also extremely dangerous, with the risk of burning your lungs and airways, and suffocating from smoke inhalation.

If your attempts to extinguish the flames don’t work almost immediately, drop everything and get out.

If it’s too late, or you find yourself trapped in a burning building, remember the following:

“With fires spreading at the rate that they do, many of our communities in South Africa living in very close proximity, and the abundance of dry vegetation, we need to work together to prevent the spread of fires. This means taking individual responsibility for fire safety and education, and being prepared to act immediately when you see the start of a fire – whether it affects you directly or not. This could be as simple as calling emergency services to report fires, or shouting for help without hesitation,” concludes Moodley.

For more tips and resources, visit, a fire awareness and education initiative developed by BIC in partnership with Fireproof Children.+

About BIC

A world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers, BIC brings simplicity and joy to everyday life. For more than 75 years, the Company has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable, essential products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide. Today, BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as Cello®, BIC FlexTM, Lucky Stationery, Us. TM, Soleil®, Tipp-Ex®, Wite-Out® and more. In 2020, BIC Net Sales were 1,627.9 million euros. The Company is listed on “Euronext Paris,” is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes and is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and education. It received an A- Leadership score from CDP. For more, visit or follow us on LinkedInInstagramTwitter, or YouTube.  

Exit mobile version