Fire Safety Measures: Awareness and Perception of Health Care Professionals in Coastal Karnataka

Holla, Ramesh and *, Bhagawan Bhagyamma Darshan and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, Rekha T and Mithra, Prasanna P and *, Nithin Kumar and Kulkarni, Vaman and *, Avinash Kumar (2016) Fire Safety Measures: Awareness and Perception of Health Care Professionals in Coastal Karnataka. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 7 (3). pp. 249-252. ISSN 0976-0245

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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 fi re 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 fi re alarm (n=96, 86.5%) and contacting fi re department (n=105, 94.6%) in case of fi re 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 fi res. Usage of Carbon dioxide for Class B fi res was known only to one fi fth of study participants (n=24, 21.6%). Conclusion: The general perception regarding fi re safety measures was found to be adequate, but the particulars regarding the type of fi re extinguisher to be used in diff erent fi re mishaps was minimal among the health staff working in the hospital.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fire, Mangalore, Health Care Professionals
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 15:20
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 15:20

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