Recently FTS Safety Solutions were asked by a local Scout troop to help with one of their tasks to earn a home safety badge.
FTS Help the Scouts
Of all things we were asked to help explain how to wire a plug correctly. So we went along to an evening meeting and run one of the stations which gave us the opportunity to show how to correctly wire a plug and then allow the scouts, to carry out the task themselves.
The fun part of the task was when I produced a test machine to prove that the cable had been wired correctly, they found all the green lights great until one of the leads came up with a red fail. What had gone wrong? So I quickly had a careful look inside the plug only to find that one of the cables had not had the copper strands exposed correctly and therefore was not making full contact with the internal terminal, hence the failure. All I can say is some of the children listened to how to do it correctly and one or two, told us that we never explained how to do it. Oh well, but one thing they did remember was how to connect each wire to the correct terminal.
One way of remembering the correct terminals is: –
- Brown BR Bottom Right
- Blue BL Bottom Left
- Brown Live bR(Right hand Side) own
- Blue Neutral bL(Left Hand Side) ue
- Yellow and Green Earth (Centre Terminal)
There was one comment made by a parent picking up his child that did make me laugh, and that was “OH now he will know how to put a plug back on the game station when I cut it off as punishment”
So that was the first time, a few weeks later we returned to the Scout hut this time, to help explain about the different types of Fire Extinguishers that there are and the correct uses. One of the Scout leaders loves to build a fire so within a safe environment, for both the area and the Scouts, a small fire was created and we were able to show both a Water and Foam Extinguisher in operation. Carefully extinguishing the flames and fire, ensuring the embers were extinguished.
However the evening didn’t stop there, under supervision we had a number of water and CO2 extinguishers which could be let off to show how difficult they can be to handle especially in an emergency. I have to admit when the CO2 extinguisher was let off for the first time, one of the scout leaders jumped so high with shock of the noise, I struggled to remain professional and not laugh too loudly. It was funny!!!
Needless to say one or two extinguishers were used as a large Water pistol and a few uniforms were slightly wet by the end of the evening, however even though it was a bit of fun, there was a serious side to evening, and one of the things that it highlighted was how important it is to have a Home Safety Plan and Escape route for the family home. Oh and don’t forget REMEMBER TO TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARM one day it could save your life.
Until Next Time, Stay Safe