Fire safety in workplace should not be taken lightly

Firefighters demonstrating how to detect gas leakage.

By Nancy Nais

SAMALAJU, Sept 14: Sixty staffs from Sime Darby Takau oil palm plantation recently underwent a fire safety programme with Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba).

Among the activities carried out were fire safety talk, how to use portable fire extinguishers to fight small fire that starts from the kitchen stove for example and tips on detecting gas leakage.

Samalaju fire station chief Hashim Norshidi emphasised the importance for everyone to be prepared for any incident in the workplace.

“Workers need to know what to do in case a fire occurs and how to work together to effectively stop the advance of a fire,” he said.

Plantation staff and firefighters in a group photo after the fire safety programme.

Although Sime Darby Takau plantation have their own emergency response team (ERT), Hashim added that this was also a refresher programme for them.

“They gained knowledge and get updates on how to respond to emergencies because ERT will serve as the first responder in the event of a fire,” he explained.

He emphasised that people should not take fire safety lightly and should be more alert when it comes to safety, be it at home or workplace.

Even at home, he said attention ought to be given to electrical safety to avoid untoward incidents such as an electrical shock or even a fire.

The group also learned about activating fire alarm so that building occupants can immediately escape and what to do if they encounter heat or smoke.

They were also reminded to keep their workplace clean (good housekeeping) as common litter and plantation debris can be accelerants for fire, while clutter may block access to exits and emergency equipment.— DayakDaily