Briquette was indispensable for preparing for wintering. They bought enough to be distributed from briquette factories in each town. In the normal winter (from mid-October to mid-April the following year), about 600 can be bought, but on the day briquettes are delivered, the entire family is mobilized, regardless of children or adults, and briquettes are put in buckets and troughs. Stack up in the hallway.
If black briquettes were piled up in the corridor, the appearance was not good, so white paper had to be attached to the side of the briquettes to cover them. Bricks that were broken when dropped into the garden or cracked while being transported were borrowed one by one using a manual machine (a tool to rebuild briquettes in a mold) on Sunday, and then re-created after drying. used. However, briquettes are often broken, so on holidays, men spent all day mending briquettes.
The most dangerous thing is gas when burning briquettes. Many accidents happened in the winter due to gas.
In order to prevent accidents, a “gas patrol” was organized for each people’s group to look around each household. Usually, I look around at the first night of the night, but hit the door for each household and wake it up,
Make sure there is nothing wrong and press the seal and go home. The gas patrol squad was organized for each household in turn. (Kim hyon-hui “as a woman”)
Chingjin was susceptible to epidemics due to the sewage system. It was built in a hurry after the Korean War, and untreated waste is entering the rivers where women wash it.
The water supply is not addressed because there is a frequent power outage. Usually, electricity and water can be used only for one hour in the morning and one hour in the night. The water is stored in the vat (houses with baths are rare), where bacteria grow. No house with soap. Typhoid fever is not afraid with antibiotics, but was exhausted until 1993. (Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea)