Vashi: Instances of fire outbreaks in the past have left corporate offices to have an eye of a hawk for its fire safety and it is true even for individuals.
While civic officials are dealing strictly with those failing to abide by the fire safety norms, city-based fire extinguisher firm, Oustfire Safety Engineers, Sanpada, organised a seminar on optimum utilisation of fire system and other safety equipment yesterday at Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi.
The event witnessed over 120 fire safety engineers of banks, MNC’s, multiplexes and self-helped entrepreneurs attending the seminar from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Satara and Pune. The seminar went on till late evening hours where topics such as workplace hazards and emergencies, National Building Code Act, 2005, types of different fire extinguishers, fire hydrant system, emergency preparedness and evacuation mock drill were covered.
Shankar Narayan, corporate trainer for emergency preparedness, said, “Fire is something that can breakout anytime at home, during travel or when at work. Major fire incidents are due to negligence or one not abiding by the fire safety norms. Loopholes in the Indian fire safety policy, too, gives a chance to masses to skip an investment. However, corporate employers these days are taking more serious efforts compared to hoteliers and food and beverage owners.”
The special feature of this programme was an imported mannequin called Anne with built-in artificial lungs and heart, which was used to train participants in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to give them a practical experience. Narayan, during his seminar on CPR techniques, laid emphasis on four minute CPR to revive the heart rhythm. To cut it short, he defined it with keyword CAB – compression, airway and rescue breath — provided it is safe. Resuscitation should be done safe and when in the case of a stranger specially designed pocket masks, or handkerchiefs should be used.
Babulal Shaikh, director of the firm, said the firm is not conducting such seminars to brand their products, but to create awareness amongst masses as fire mishaps could be fatal, and preparedness comes handy in saving many lives.
“Prevention is better than cure. According to the Mahrashtra Fire Act, 2006, every installed fire system at a firm should be checked by government-licenced agencies for functionality, efficiency and other constrains and it is mandatory,” he said.