Bonfire Night: I think the main song going around people’s head this time of year is “Firework” by Katy Perry https://www.youtube.com/…
and why not?! It’s an awesome song.
As the excitement builds in all of us for Bonfire night, please remember that like most things in life, when dealt with in a controlled why fireworks are beautiful and the evening is awesome, but when misused and messed around with, something as beautiful as fireworks turns deadly quickly!
In Care Homes we regularly practice Emergency Fire Evacuations, but I remember a night when a staff member did not extinguish a cigarette properly and the shelter at the designated smoking area caught fire. When a trained staff member realised the shelter was on fire (flames going 12+ feet into the air 6 feet away from the main building) she immediately activated the fire alarm, but ran through the home screaming… “There’s a fire! There’s a fire! There’s a real *”!!*”^ fire!!! Everyone get the *”!!*”^ out! The staff member repeated this phrase a few times while running through the home. It is safe to say that that person lost control of themselves for a short period of time. My Senior staff member had to get that staff member under control and get them to help with the evacuation. The good news is that they got everyone evacuated safely and no-one was injured. The only loss of property was the smoking shelter. Had that fire taken hold of the main house, I believe that house would have burnt down within minutes as it was an old house and I believe there would have been casualties that night maybe even fatalities!?
For all you Care Homes thinking about putting on your own Fire Work display, could I encourage you to go to an organised event and keep the people you support safe. If you do your own event, please remember your “6-P’s” Prior Planning & Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! Do not forget to look after your pets appropriately on this very stressful night for them! The following link gives you some awesome advice and guidelines from the HSE around organising a firework display http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/fireworks/using.htm . If you do put your own firework display, check with your insurance company first? You may need an “Official First Aider” present? If you do not have one, contact us for a quote?
From everyone at First Aid Devon, please enjoy your Bonfire night and stay safe!!!