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This is why you need a personal evacuation plan


We are about to show you a video of real fire tragedy.

Some of the pictures may be upsetting and
we remind you that this video was released
in order to help prevent such a tragic loss of life from happening again.

This video will tell you exactly why you need to have a

  • fire risk assessment,
  • fire safety arrangements and
  • a fire evacuation plan.

Anybody who has a duty of care for other people ~ needs to watch this video.
Anybody who makes decisions about a building’s safety equipment ~ needs to watch this video.
Anybody who is responsible for producing;

  • a fire risk assessment,
  • a fire evacuation plan,
  • or is responsible for staff training in fire safety

~ needs to watch this video.

Before we show you the full video,
we need to tell you about what should have happened
before the video,
what is happening at 1 minute and
what is happening at 2 minutes,
because as you will see, after 2 minutes in this case, it was probably too late.

Before the video,
a fire risk assessment by suitably qualified and competent professionals
would have picked up that the sound proofing materials in the walls and the ceilings
were going to produce a mass of toxic black smoke during a fire
and it should have been made safe
and that indoor pyrotechnics would not have been a good idea; in this type of building.

Combined with a well-rehearsed evacuation plan, through all of the available exits,
a single inspection, to carry out a fire risk assessment
could have prevented many of the 100 deaths
that probably took place during the first 2 minutes of this incident.

At around 1 minute after the fire started,
smoke is pouring out of the exits ~ faster than the people can evacuate.

Anybody breathing-in the hot black smoke will be rendered incapable of motion,
a second intake of smoke is likely to completely incapacitate the lungs.
There may not be a third intake of breath.

Before the 2 minute mark, the double fire doors are blocked
by a blind panic rush of bodies trying the escape the deadly smoke.

The fire engines arrived within 5 minutes,
which is an excellent response time in any situation,
in any city in the world.

There was little chance that they could prevent – any further deaths by the smoke,
now they could only prevent further injury and damage by the fire itself.

100 deaths at Station Fire


The positions of the 100 deaths at the Station fire

Over 50% of the deaths were close to the exit.
The black smoke traveled quicker than the guests could exit.

This film has been made public so that the lessons can be learned,
and only then,
can any kind of benefit be gained by this tragic loss of life.

If you’re not at least worried after seeing this film that your fire safety precautions should at least be reviewed,
then you may be leaving the lives of your staff, customers and visitors to chance.

We are lucky that we have had this warning
and we only have to watch a video.

We have the choice to make a difference and prevent this kind of incident happening on our watch.

I have spoken to the fire safety staff who have told me about situations
that have affected them personally
during their 30 years plus in the fire service.

They have seen things that nobody should have to see.

They are committed to preventing anything like this from happening within their sphere of influence.

We all see it as our duty to pass this knowledge on
to everybody who is a position of deciding whether a fire risk assessment
is carried out to an adequate standard to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future.

We are not saying you have to use us, this isn’t intended to be an advert,
there are quite a few suitably trained professional companies out there.
We are saying however, that you should do something.

It has been the legal responsibility of the responsible person or duty holder
to ensure that an adequate fire risk assessment and
suitable emergency evacuation procedures
are in place since 2006.

It would be expected that people like
commercial or office building owners,
residential care homes,
housing associations,
the owners of shops, factories and leisure sector premises

should have a professional level, written fire plan.
In fact, every company is required to have an evacuation plan, no matter how small they are.

You should be concerned,

  • if you are let into a building without signing in,
  • when there are new staff who haven’t been thoroughly inducted,
  • when the safety rules are being broken on a regular basis,
  • where there is no obvious building management presence,
  • when the building maintenance costs appear to be a problem,
  • when other building facilities appear to be failing on a regular basis,
  • when there appears to be a common behavioural blindness to the potential risks or
  • when nobody is reacting when the fire alarm is activated

Believing that “it won’t happen here” or “it’s never going to happen to us” and doing nothing, is now actually illegal.

If you are an organisation with 5 or more people,
you have a legal responsibility to have a written fire risk assessment and a fire evacuation plan.

If you are an organisation with less than 5 people,
you still have the same responsibilities, but you are not required to have it in writing.

We know that this is all a bit heavy and not very entertaining,
it is meant to be informative.

People often do not really realise until they see videos and incidents like this
that the black smoke alone was such a serious issue
and I hope if you take away just 1 message from this video,
it is that ‘smoke kills’.

We all feel a great responsibility
because of the knowledge we have
and until we can get the message heard
and understood by everybody,
we won’t enjoy peace of mind.

We actual feel as if it’s our personal mission to prevent these kinds of incidents,
as they can be prevented.
we remind you that this video was released
in order to help prevent an incident like this happening again.

This film has been made public so that the lessons can be learned,
and only then,
can any kind of future benefit be gained by this tragic loss of life.

 

 

Christmas Tree Fire

Fire safety in your home

Please be careful when choosing furniture and decorations,
check your fire alarm batteries and
turn all electrical items off before going to bed.

As you can see from this video,
prevention is going to be a much safer option than waiting even a few minutes for a fire engine.

If the smoke from this fire manages to get upstairs,
you may not wake up to alert the fire service “EVER”,
fit a Smoke Alarm and test it regularly.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

In the workplace things go wrong. It may be an employee who has an accident, machinery that malfunctions, materials which catch fire when they stored or used incorrectly or people who, with the best support and training, do the wrong thing.

Like every other part of life, it is all in the preparation! We at STK pride ourselves on the ability to support small and medium enterprises with our products which are easy to manage and allow you to get on with your day job. We also ensure that time spent on safety is spent productively and pays you back in terms of reduced numbers of accidents, time loss due to sickness, reduced opportunity for legal challenge and reducing the stress of managing accidents and incidents.

So let’s look at what happens when someone is involved in an incident that could injure them:

Best Case Scenario

safety incident as roofers tools dropped near another staff member

“Safety in the workplace”

The person is clearing some rubble from the rear of the factory with another worker and shoveling it into a skip ready for removal. A roofing contractor working on the roof at the rear drops a heavy spanner from the roof which falls to the floor missing the worker by two metres.

Result: No injury as the worker had been instructed to work outside the barriers erected by the contractors who were on the roof. The two staff members on the ground were both wearing hard hats and protective gloves and steel toed boots. The worker then reported the event as a near-miss.

The company raise the event at the next Health and Safety meeting and agree that supervisors should use this example as a reminder to staff of the importance of following procedures and also the importance of Personal Protective Equipment.

Common Scenario

The person is clearing some rubble from the rear of the factory with another worker and shoveling it into a skip ready for removal. A roofing contractor working on the roof at the rear drops a heavy spanner from the roof which falls to the floor hitting the worker on the head and then the shoulder.

Result: There was an injury to the worker’s shoulder, following a glancing blow to the hard hat. The worker was away from work for a week. The contractors had not erected safety barriers and the two staff members on the ground had not been informed that contractors were on site and the roof.

Both staff members on the ground were wearing hard hats, protective gloves and steel toed boots as per company policy. The injury was recorded in the accident book.

The company raised the incident at the Health and Safety meeting and realised that the company was exposed as they did not have a robust ‘Control of Contractors’ system and associated Risk Assessments. This was put into place. The employee may still wish to pursue a claim for compensation if it is discovered he has a medical problem due to the incident.

Nightmare Scenario

The person is clearing some rubble from the rear of the factory with another worker and shoveling it into a skip ready for removal. A roofing contractor working on the roof at the rear drops a heavy spanner from the roof which falls hitting the worker on the head who falls to the floor.

Result: The worker is unconscious on a life-support machine in the district hospital, following a blow to the head. You saw that the ambulance paramedics carried out CPR and used a defibrillator before they took your employee away with blue lights and sirens. The Health and Safety Executive have contacted you to say that their Inspector will be arriving shortly to investigate the incident. A Police Officer is asking for the sequence of events leading up to the incident to try and ascertain what happened…