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Fire Prevention Month 2017

Illustration credit: NT and People’s Tonight Editorial for its March 2, 2017 issue

March is the start of summer season in the Philippines. And while we look forward to summer activities we must not forget March is also Fire Prevention Month. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the biggest number of fire incidents are usually recorded on said month.

This year’s Fire Prevention Month theme, “Buhay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan,” reflects the BFP’s commitment to raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention.

For his part, Senator Richard Gordon who also serves as Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross said, prevention is key when it comes to fire safety. “But it’s also smart to make sure that all members of your household know what to do in case there’s a fire emergency.”

The Philippine Red Cross recommends the following tips on how to reduce risks in case of fire:

  • Make sure every member of the household knows where the fire escape is.
  • Agree on a meeting place at a safe distance from the home.
  • Teach everyone at home how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames are blocking your exit route, stay in the room with the door closed.
  • If you can, move close to a window and wave something bright (a flashlight, glow stick,or a brightly colored cloth) to signal for help.
  • Once you are out, stay out.
  • If you haven’t already called the fire department, call them once you make it to safety.

Meanwhile, PRC Secretary General Oscar P. Palabyab said fire is preventable. “But it pays to be aware of fire survival tips, especially during the summer, when most fire incidents unfortunately occur.”

Source: Philippine Red Cross

Simple Ways to Promote a Safer Work Environment

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Despite many advances in technology, accidents can and will happen on the factory floor. Although it’s practically inevitable, there are some steps that can be done to both reduce the occurrence of accidents, and to hopefully mitigate most of their potential for damage as well. With that in mind, this guide will offer a few tips that any manager can undertake to promote a safer work environment and ensure that their company is insulated from any potential lawsuits.

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One of the most important ways for a factory to stay safe, or any business for that matter, is to always be investing in new technologies that can remove much of the work’s burden on humans. For example, industrial mixers, such as those built by Aim Blending, can ensure that chemicals and waste are properly handled. This prevents workers from taking the unnecessary risk upon themselves, and can potentially keep the entire area safer as a result.

Adopt Efficient Management Techniques

There has been a considerable amount of research conducted on the difference between a manager and a leader. While some people try to imagine themselves as a leader, the truth is that more people need to recognize their role as a manager instead. Leaders are really only concerned with results, and tend to view people as a means to an end. By contrast, managers should be concerned with each person as an individual, and look for opportunities to help them be comfortable in their work environment. With that in mind, try to adopt a management style that takes this into account. The more attuned you are to the needs of your workers, the less likely something unexpected will happen to them on your watch.

Develop a Cohesive Safety Program

Safety manuals can typically be filled with a lot of information. Even if most of it is useful though, odds are good that people will ignore it or disregard it the first chance they get. Even with an effective manager, it can be difficult for people to simply keep up with all of the protocols and bureaucratic steps involved with a process. In order to make things easier to remember, the first step is to roll everything into a single and cohesive program that is easy to remember. In doing so, you’ll ensure that people are more likely to actually pay attention to it and not take it for granted.

While these steps may not completely remove any accidents from your factory or work environment, they can at least make it feel safer. By treating people well, and investing the proper technologies, you can make your place of business somewhere that workers actually want to go, rather than dread.

‘Undas’ Safety Tips 2016

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa has issued the following crime prevention tips in preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day next week.

Filipinos prepare to visit public and private cemeteries across the country to pay respects to their dearly departed this weekend.

Dela Rosa advised the public to follow the following tips when leaving their homes for Undas:

  • Lock all doors and windows and ensure all possible paths to the house are blocked; Install a burglar alarm to alert the neighbors if someone breaks in;
  • Do not leave notes outside the house indicating you will be away; keep some appliances like the radio on to give the impression someone is still inside the house;
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your house;
  • Ensure no candle, gas stove or leaking faucet or plugged appliance is left unattended;

While inside the cemeteries:

  • Bring sufficient food and water, and keep in mind that liquor and food sold by vendors inside cemeteries are prohibited. Bring protection against heat and rain.
  • Do not bring deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers or guitar center’s axe fx ultra which could amplify loud music from stereos, and gambling paraphernalia.
  • Remind children not to roam around especially in crowded areas. Have them wear or bring a form of identification.
  • Keep the surroundings clean and bring your own trash bag to put garbage in.
  • Know where the first aid stations and PNP assistance booth are in case of emergency or need for police assistance.

When traveling:

  • Make sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and follow the “BLOWBAG” rule which is B for Battery; L for Light; O for Oil; W for Water; B for Brakes; A for Air; and G for Gas.
  • Bring all pertinent documents for the vehicle, including the Insurance Certificate.
  • Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while drunk or sleepy.
  • When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight.
  • Don’t wear jewelry or bring large amounts of money. Keep watch over your mobile phone.
  • Do not bring too many items.

Text and image credit: People’s Tonight, October 25, 2016 online and print issue