Health and Safety

Fires, though a very rare event, can occur in all buildings; know that your worst enemies are
• SMOKE which can swiftly fill a room or corridor, and blind or suffocate you
• DEADLY GASES which can overcome you in seconds
• PANIC which can make you act foolishly and lead you into danger
You can help yourself in all situations of possible fire by ‘PLANNING AHEAD’:-
• LOCATE the nearest fire & emergency exits
• READ any emergency evacuation notices posted in the building
• CHECK which windows will open if this becomes a necessary alternative
• IDENTIFY the fire alarm point (to operate) nearest to you
DO close doors to keep fires from spreading but,
DO NOT USE fire extinguishers IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED to use them!
In summary – being in a building when a fire occurs doesn’t have to end in tragedy if you are prepared:
• PLAN for possible escape when you arrive and enter the building
• KNOW what safety measures you can take to protect yourself & others
• THINK before you act if a fire does occur, and stay calm
Remember – Three important rules:
• EXIT the building swiftly but with caution
• ALERT the Emergency Services if no one else has done so
• DO NOT RETURN to the building – even to collect your music!

Stay Calm
Alert Emergency Services
Find nearest escape routes
Exit building quickly
Think before you act
You come first

Fire kills
Identify fire alarm points
Read Evacuation notices
Seek Assistance
This may save your life

Choir First Aiders: Margaret Nicholls
Orchestra First Aiders: Sue Carter, Josh Mundy, Mike Vorndran