Fire safety measures

Awareness and perception of health care professionals in coastal Karnataka

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Introduction: Globally more than three hundred thousand people die from burn related injuries. It is also one of leading cause for disability and deformities. Lack of safety consciousness, stringent laws and substandard household cooking equipments has led to the increase in incidences. Objectives: To assess the awareness of fire safety measures, among health care personnel in tertiary care teaching hospitals in Mangalore. Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted at two tertiary care teaching hospitals of Mangalore among 105 health care professionals. Data was collected by using the semi structured questionnaire. Collected data was entered and analyzed using statistical software SPSS version 11.5. Results: The study comprised of doctors (n=72, 64.8%) and paramedical personnel (n=39, 35.2%). Majority of the participants were in the age group of 20-30 years (n=64, 57.7%) followed by those were in the age group of 31-40 years (n=26, 23.4%). Most of the participants were aware regarding the activation of fire alarm (n=96, 86.5%) and contacting fire department (n=105, 94.6%) in case of fire emergencies. Less than half of the health care personnel (n=54, 48.6%) were aware that pressurized water has to be used in case of Class A fires. Usage of Carbon dioxide for Class B fires was known only to one fifth of study participants (n=24, 21.6%). Conclusion: The general perception regarding fire safety measures was found to be adequate, but the particulars regarding the type of fire extinguisher to be used in different fire mishaps was minimal among the health staff working in the hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2016

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Delivery of Health Care
Safety
Tertiary Healthcare
Teaching Hospitals
Health Personnel
Household Articles
Age Groups
Allied Health Personnel
Cooking
Consciousness
Carbon Dioxide
Emergencies
Software
Cross-Sectional Studies
Water
Incidence
Health
Wounds and Injuries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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