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[Powderworks] Fire and rain

Tom Spencer tr_espen@yahoo.com.au
Sun, 23 Feb 2003 20:07:35 +1100 (EST)

Dear Powderworkers,

Hope the cold eases up soon in the eastern U.S. Our
thoughts are with you. Here in the eastern Aus. we're
having some great rains, which the farmers have been
shouting to the skies for for ages.

Tom S.

PS Thanks Kate for the fire-trap warning. Potentially
life-saving stuff.

> I'm sure most of you have heard about the Rhode
> Island nightclub fire last 
> night, as well as the stampede in Chicago over the
> weekend.  The latest 
> death toll in Rhode Island is 96 dead, 34 critically
> injured.
> Since most of us powderworkers go to clubs several
> times a year or more and 
> a few here even get to take the stage, I think a
> NMOC public service thread 
> is in order.
> I clipped the info below from a Boston Globe online
> article - it discusses 
> personal safety in a nightclub setting.  Of course
> there is sometimes 
> little you can do about a bad situation - but
> knowing where the emergency 
> exits are can make the difference between life and
> death when time is 
> short.  If anyone has anything to add here, please
> go ahead.
> I'm just thankful the Oils wouldn't be so wreckless
> and stupid as Great 
> White was with their pyrotechnics in an old
> firetrap.
> In safety,
> Kate
> Excerpted from the Boston Globe 
> Experts said there are few good options for people
> caught in a panicked 
> crowd; the best advice, they said, is to avoid
> getting into a stampede in 
> the first place.
> "People need to take ownership of their safety,"
> said Division Chief 
> Theodore Saunders of the Baltimore Fire Department.
> "Look around, identify 
> where the exits are."
> Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston said
> nightclub and theater 
> patrons should not only formulate an exit plan but
> also be prepared to 
> telephone authorities if they see something at the
> venue that looks unsafe. 
> He said his department is ready to dispatch
> inspectors for spot checks.
> Gary Keith urged people to react swiftly if they
> sense something is amiss.
> "If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right,"
> he said. "Move toward 
> the exit immediately, in an orderly fashion. You can
> always come back in 
> later."
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