Need for fire safety audit stressed

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, stressed on the need for carrying out the fire safety audit of the households to prevent the fires. He urged people to take assistance from concerned PDD employees and Fire & Emergency department.The Divisional Commissioner made these remarks while inaugurating the one-day awareness workshop on Electrical Safety, Accident Prevention and Disaster Management, at the Institution of Engineers (India), J&K State Center, Srinagar.

The event was organized by J&K State Disaster Management Authority, Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery Project, in collaboration with Institution of Engineers India (J&K State Center) and J&K Power Development Department (PDD). The objective was to generate awareness about safety precautions to be taken, identifying and eliminating electrical safety hazards.

Baseer hailed the efforts of the organizers for this very important programme and said that it is vital to take safety precautions when working with electricity. “Safety must not be compromised and some basic ground rules need to be followed always,” he said.

He said it is essential for electrical workers to ensure that they take safety measures while working and protect themselves so that the incidents of accidents can reduce. To minimize electrocution accidents of PDD employees during working on HT lines, the Divisional Commissioner asked the Director, Disaster Management, to conceptualize a proposal so that corpus fund, gloves, plastic uniform and other safety equipment may be procured.
More than 250 participants were present in the awareness workshop including Engineers from PDD, Electric linemen, Civil Society Members, Civil Defence Volunteers, SDRF Personnel and Disaster Management Professionals. The workshop covered major topics related to Fundamentals of electrical safety, risk assessment, hazards identification, their controls, safety measures, etc. The participants were also imparted training related to Fire Safety measures, First Aid, Search and Rescue, followed by a mock drill. Certificates of participation were distributed among participants.