A regular occurrence for teachers in Early Childhood is Personal Development. On Thursday, September 13, 2018 Teachers and staff from Early Childhood had the opportunity to learn about safety, specifically fire safety and fire extinguishers or “APAR” (Alat Pemadam Api Ringan). The session took place in the EC Waiting room and EC gate. Incidentally, our Early Childhood area is equipped with sprinklers in the ceiling, 2 (two) fire extinguishers and also a nozzle on each floor. It is important for teachers to know more about the facilities we
have in the school, and how to utilize them.
There are different types of fire extinguishers: Powder, Water, Foam, and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). What we use at Tzu Chi sSchool are Powder and CO2. Teachers were asked to practice them with the support and guidance from members of the Building Management and Security. Research has shown that the use of a fire extinguisher can prevent 30% of fire incidents.
Some tips when handling the fire extinguishers include:
- When taking the extinguisher to the location, it will be easier and faster to carry
it on shoulders.
- When attempting to open the Fire Extinguisher, be sure to pull hard in order to break the seal.
- Grip the hose firmly for proper control when aiming and spraying, avoiding contact
with your body as the spray is cold enough to cause frostbite.
Before this safety session, we only had the basic information pasted beside the APARs and nozzles. Now, through thorough explanation and hands-on experience, we understand better how to use APAR. We can’t wait for another Teacher’s Personal Development.