In wake of death of five family members doctors association Kashmir (DAK) has once again advised people to use the safest heating arrangements in this extremely cold weather. It is heartbreaking that five members of a single family hailing from Tangdar Kupwara died due to suffocation at Bemina Srinagar said president DAK Dr Suhail Naik. Though it is essential to warm living places in extremely cold winter but concrete and vigilant safety measures are essential to prevent deaths due to suffocation and electrical short-circuiting.
People are using different heating arrangements to warm their homes, but many of them can prove fatal and disastrous due to the callous attitude of family or poor knowledge about the system. Furthermore, it is the prime responsibility of hotelier’s to advice and educate tourists coming to state about the dangers of gas heaters and electric blankets, Dr Naik added.
In the times of extremely cold weather, people, in general, are using different types of heating arrangements which are based on electricity, gas or wood like blowers, electric blankets, gas heaters, kerosene heaters, Furnace. It is very important to know that none of them is safe if vigilant and appropriate measures are not kept in place. During winters we have witnessed deaths due to electric blanket short-circuiting and suffocation due to gas and kerosene heaters, Dr Naik added.
General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that it is imperative to keep the house warm as usual and keep the room temperature at around 19°C or above. But one should not use gas or kerosine oil heaters for a long time if they don’t have proper exhaust. One must make sure that before going to bed he or she has switched off electric blankets, gas or oil based heaters. Calling furnace a safe mode of heating arrangement, DAK advised people to have complete inspection yearly.