HOW TO RESPOND TO A FIRE DRILL

HOW TO RESPOND TO A FIRE DRILL

Hello there, this is Goke (your Safety guide). Today our topic of discussion will be on How to respond to a Fire drill. A fire drill is usually conducted by various organizations in order to teach people on how to respond to emergency situations. A fire drill is thus an impromptu test, an unannounced event conducted in a workplace so as to see how people will respond to an emergency situation such as a fire incident. A well-structured organization takes fire safety to be of utmost priority, so that is why Fire protection systems are installed in such organization. When we say fire protective systems, we are referring to both Fire detective systems (e.g smoke detectors, heat detectors, fire alarm panel) and fire extinguishers. Their main responsibility is the execution and evacuation of the drill. You will need to appoint persons that will serve as fire marshalls in case of fire incidents

WHY CONDUCT A FIRE DRILL

A fire drill is solely conducted based on the following reasons:

1. To raise the level of awareness about fire safety on the part of employees.                                    2. To evaluate the response readiness of workers should there be a fire outbreak.                           3. To ensure the proper function of both fire detection systems.

CONSIDER THE ACRONYM RACE

R—This stands for Rescue or Remove the residents from the area of danger

A—This stands for Activate the Fire alarm system.

C—This stands for Confine or Contain the fire to the area that it originated from.

E— This stands for Extinguish or Evacuate

In case of an emergency, such as a fire outbreak and you are the one that detects it, the initial thing to do is to activate a fire break glass system installed on a wall. This is connected to a fire alarm panel and so will set off the Fire alarm bell or sounder to ring repeatedly.

Do not scream’ fire  fire’ in the quest to alert people, you should rather tell people to stop the task they are doing and shut down every form of power system and then come out of the office after closing the windows. Workers who have been trained on how to use Fire extinguishers will go to the area of origin and thus fight the fire while every other person will evacuate the building and get to the Muster point. Note that fire must be fought with an extinguisher or other means if the fire is at the incipient or starting stage.

After gathering at the muster point, then the Fire marshal or HSE personnel will take a roll call or what is known as a headcount. A headcount is just calling out the names of people written on the attendance register in order to confirm if anyone might still be trapped inside the building.

It is highly recommended that in your organization individual person or persons should be designated to be responsible for the fire drill. The selected persons should be familiar with your building and fire protective systems. A record of how the fire drill went should be kept by the designated person.  In order to increase your staff’s awareness on the proper response to a fire drill, it is highly recommended that a fire drill be conducted quarterly. With time there will be a progression in the worker’s response level to emergency situations and also the proper response would be imbibed with time. Till I come your way again, this is Goke (your Safety guide) wishing you all the best in the Month of May.

 

 

 

 

 

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WORKING SAFELY IN THE KITCHEN

WORKING SAFELY IN THE KITCHEN

This is Goke your Safety guide(also called Dare) wishing you a Happy Easter holiday.                     We are still in the festive season and we know that a lot of cooking or work is done in the kitchen  mostly in this period of the year. It is so easy to assume that rarely will accidents occur inside the kitchen but we need to be safety conscious while we prepare Fried rice or Jollof rice or fry or roast chicken or turkey.

SAFETY TIPS THAT WILL ENSURE YOU & YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WORK SAFELY IN THE KITCHEN.

MAINTAIN GOOD HOUSEKEEPING.                                                                                                         We say in safety that house keeping entails a lot of things. It involves keeping your work area clean and tidy, neatly arranging your worktools in an orderly manner.                                                             So lets apply this to the kitchen. All forms of waste generated must be disposed inside a waste bin, nothing should be left on the floor. A yam peel, cabbage, banana peel or plantain peel if unknowingly stepped on can result in slips and falls. In the kitchen drawer, chopping knives should be separated from cutleries. This is to avoid a cut in the finger while attempting to pick a sharp knife from the drawer.

ENSURE THAT WATER, OIL SPILLS ARE CLEANED UP IMMEDIATELY.                                         This usually happens when the cook in the kitchen wants to fry meat, fish or chicken. Any oil that is spilled on the ground ought to be mopped dry on time. It is preferable that soap be used for washing the affected area before mopping it up with a mopping stick or a dry cloth. It is not a funny sight when someone slips and falls down due to a slippery floor. This can also happen when water spills on the floor and is left uncleaned.

DON’T LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED TO IN THE KITCHEN                                                            Children are overly curious and inquisitive beings. This little people find the kitchen to be a fun place to visit and play around in. It is thus very important for you as a parent or guardian to keep your eyes open while children step into the kitchen. They will require less supervision when they are reaching nine, ten, eleven years old. Younger children most times want to act like an adult and will tend to want to pick up a knife to play with. They might want to take a spoon or fork from the locations where these are kept in order to use the spoon of fork to themselves. Are these cutleries separated from sharp knives inside the kitchen drawer.

COOKING POTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE COVERED.                                                                                   Always ensure that while cooking, cooking pots are fully covered to prevent splashing of steam, hot water, hot soup on any part of the skin. It can be very painful if any of this were to happen.  It could   leave a scar on the victim. We will continue in another time. So until I come your way again. This is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) saying Be safe.

ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE?

ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE?                                                                                                                         The dictionary defines “Accountability as being able to account for or answer to”. The word “Accountable” refers to being responsible or legally bound to giving an account. In the quest to provide and maintain a safe workplace, it is crucial that you and every member of your organization be educated on the relevance of occupational safety and health relevant to their job functions. For anyone to be held accountable, safety policies and disciplinary measures must be stated specifically in written form which must be disseminated to all workers. Safety education informs the worker on why it is vital to engage in safe work procedures. Ask yourself the following questions.

(1)    How do we measure the standards of performance of our employees? Have all employees been  educated on the organization’s policies and safe work procedures?  If, so they have to certify that they have read, they understand and are ready to comply with the company’s safety policies and procedures.

(2)    Have we provided sufficient resources and psychosocial support? Have the employees been provided with safe work tools, equipment, machinery, facilities and environment? Do they also have reasonable work schedules, effective safety education and training, competent management and a leadership that is caring and sincere?

(3)    Is there adequate supervision of workers while they are engaged in the work? If the supervisor is usually in the office all day, how will it be possible for him to oversee the way employees work? It is his responsibility to detect and correct hazardous conditions and unsafe acts before there is an occurrence of injury or illness in the workplace.  It will be inappropriate for the safety supervisor who does not adequately oversee how employees are working, to want to discipline such employees after an accident occurs.

(4)    Is there appropriate disciplinary measures to penalize workers who are caught violating safety rules? Or is it that the supervisor will only threaten the worker with empty words without following through with disciplining defaulters?  If supervisors allow employees to violate safety rules, all justification for discipline disappears

(5)    Is the safety supervisor leading by example? Is he adhering to all the safety rules and policies? Is he setting the right example for his employees?

Note: A basic rule of thumb for any accountability system states that, “a person should be held accountable for a responsibility only if he/she has control or the capacity to fulfill that responsibility” Before you hold your employees accountable in complying with all safety policies and regulations, you and your organization must have first of all done your own part. You can only have answers to all the questions raised above after settling your own part.

In conclusion, everyone one in your organization is to be held accountable in maintaining safe workplace, as long as they have been empowered to do so.

Regards

Goke Akingbade

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HOW TO SAFELY USE A LADDER

How to Safely Use a Ladder

Hello, this is Goke Akingbade(also called Dare) bringing you information that will help keep you safe.We will be discussing about Ladder safety today.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Most homes and buildings have ladders for all kinds of maintenance jobs required around structures. Ladders are useful tools to have, but certain safety measures must always be obeyed to help prevent accidents. For example, always make sure that ladders or stepladders are not left out unattended. Ladders must never be left by themselves as children, passersby  might accidentally trip on them.

Ensure the safe use of ladders and you’ll help save yourself a trip to the hospital-keep safety in mind at all times when you are working on a ladder.

So whether you are a simply changing a light bulb, lopping off a branch over the roof or painting the walls, you have got to be just a bit more careful while on a ladder. It’s wise spending time setting up ladders efficiently. Make it safe before you climb up. It only takes a little time to provide that firm footing and stabilize it. Here are some suggestions to ensure ladder safety:

. Make thorough scrutiny of the ladder before using it. Inspect the rungs carefully and make sure they are not loose or skidding. Attach skid-resistant strips to be safe.

. Always watch out for signs of any cracks or splits. In case of bent rungs, make sure you repair them before you use the ladder. Bent rungs are very unsafe and should not exist above three feet.

. Take care to position the ladder so that the distance between the base and the wall is a minimum of one-quarter of the ladder’s length up to the point of support.

. Extension ladders provide additional reach but you must ensure that when you open them, there is at least three feet of overlap. Also be very sure to click shut the rung locks to engage them properly.

. Whenever you climb up and down the ladder, have your face towards the ladder. Also, keep at least one hand on the rails at all times. In cases where you need both hands to do a job, secure yourself firmly to the ladder.

. Stepladders should not be opened halfway up. They ought to be fully opened and the braces should be locked tightly.

. You should always ensure that the feet of the ladder are always on a dry, even surface. Wet and uneven surfaces can be very hazardous.

. Never use an aluminum ladder near live electrical sources.

. See that you climb only as high as the ladder is designed to go up. Under no circumstance should you ever climb past the final rung; where your hips are above the top of the ladder.

. Remember to store tools or smaller equipment in your back pockets or your tool belt. This way you will not have to climb up and down too often.

. At no point in time should you allow more than one person on a ladder. Also, avoid having someone stand directly beneath you while you are on the ladder in case you drop anything.

Till I come your way again, do have a safe day.

Goke Akingbade

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