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UNAIR NEWS – When fire happens, loss will follow. However, it all can be minimized if we understand and aware of how to handle disasters early on. Truth be told, prevention is better than healing. Nevertheless, when fire does happen, the best thing to do is suppressing potential loss as low as possible.

This article is a summary from an interview by UNAIR News team with Dr. drg. Setya Haksama, M.Kes., a lecturer of Health Administration and Policy, Faculty of Public Health UNAIR. The following are a few tips need to be known:

  1. Know the Direction and Evacuation Track

Every building should have a K3 (Occupational Health and Safety) standard. According to the standard, there is an obligation to put signs of direction and evacuation track if disasters happen; including fire.

Typically the signs are dominated by the color green, so they are clearly visible. Pay attention to the signs of direction in the building. The exact position of emergency exit door if disasters happen has to be kept in mind.

Every track needs to be known until reaching the “Evacuation Point” which is typically located on a field. Keep in mind that the notices and signs are not merely decorative. They are made to give information to everyone in the building. When people know where to go if a fire disaster happens, panic can be minimized.

  1. Learn How to Use Fire Extinguishers

Do not think that fire extinguishers are in the domain of security officers only. Everyone in the building must know how to use them; because no one knows where the fire will start if disasters happen. No one will also know who the closest person to the fire source is and who will be able to put the fire out as soon as possible.

Imagine if everyone in the building knows how to put out fire with the available equipment. When one notices there is danger of fire, and he knows how to operate the fire extinguishers, fire will not grow bigger and cause a lot of loss.

Once again, fire extinguishers in the form of red tubes are not merely decorative. It is beneficial if we know how to operate them.

  1. Prevent Fire As Best As Possible

As mentioned above, prevention is better than healing. While we can, it is best to prevent fire. Do not underestimate the potential of fire disaster at work or in the building.

For example, regarding short circuit, do not connect too many plugs into one electric socket. Use electrical materials such as cables, switches, electric sockets, and plugs of good quality and which meet the standard of SNI (Indonesian National Standard). Use safety fuse which is compatible with the electric power, do not increase or reduce it. (*)

Author: Rio F. Rachman
Editor: Dilan Salsabila

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