Fire Evacuation Drill with a Difference

Written by Thomas Yoon

I had been givenrepparttar task to organize a fire evacuation drill specifically for only a certain area in a building.

As ridiculous as it may seem, there was a very good reason for doing this.

Firstly, this is a high technology manufacturing facility that manufactures products under extremely clean and dust-free conditions. With clean room facilities standard that goes down to class 10, it is very, very clean indeed. As such it is very important that dust do not enter intorepparttar 141309 clean room under manufacturing conditions. So inrepparttar 141310 past, all evacuation drills were done just before we had a planned plant shutdown for maintenance.

Secondly, duringrepparttar 141311 past few years, whenever an evacuation drill was organized,repparttar 141312 administration offices were usually closed, and allrepparttar 141313 workers will be making use ofrepparttar 141314 opportunity to take their vacation. Practically nobody will be around. Evenrepparttar 141315 production workers will be taking their vacation when they have stopped all their machines and handed overrepparttar 141316 plant for shutdown maintenance.

So whenrepparttar 141317 office workers say that they do not know what to do in a fire situation, we can fully understand why. They had not been taking part in any fire evacuation drill before. It is not enough just to describe what will happen in an evacuation to them - somehow, we have to organize an actual evacuation drill forrepparttar 141318 office workers themselves. The challenge is to do it whilerepparttar 141319 manufacturing production is still operating.

Any mistake that will cause people fromrepparttar 141320 manufacturing clean rooms to evacuate will be disastrous torepparttar 141321 company. The stakes are high.

The fire protection alarm system in our building is wired in such a way that any triggering ofrepparttar 141322 alarm by activating a break glass, smoke detector, heat detector or sprinkler flow switch will eventually triggerrepparttar 141323 general alarm forrepparttar 141324 whole building if it is not acknowledged and reset back within 3 minutes. This is a safety feature to ensure that somebody actually goes and checkrepparttar 141325 situation whenever there is an alarm.

In our fire evacuation plan, allrepparttar 141326 occupants had been trained to openrepparttar 141327 doors ofrepparttar 141328 nearest exit point and escape fromrepparttar 141329 building whenever it is confirmed that a real fire or emergency has occurred. This will ensure that nobody is left insiderepparttar 141330 building if there is a real emergency.

However, as far as our manufacturing clean room is concerned, this will be disastrous. Allrepparttar 141331 products, rooms, machinery and clean room environment will be destroyed oncerepparttar 141332 doors were opened torepparttar 141333 atmosphere. It will take hours to recover back to repparttar 141334 original condition. The losses will be enormous.

Although normal communications through supervisors and public address systems can be done, still there is too much at stake to take that risk.

Computer Consulting 101 PC Troubleshooting Advice

Written by Joshua Feinberg

While most small businesses really do need to find a good local computer consulting business to take care of their computer problems, there are some computer problems that are simple enough for even a technophobe to handle. At Computer Consulting 101, we’ve found there’s one very simple piece of advice that often doesn’t get communicated to non-technical small business end users: When in doubt, reboot first.

Seriously, while it may sound tremendously simple, end users often overlook it during typical computer panic attacks.

Anytime you’re about to consider an issue a real IT support problem and call your computer consulting vendor, always reboot first.

First, exit out of whatever files and programs that you're working on. Then, run through a Shutdown and Restart sequence to reboot your computer.

If you suspect your computer problem involves something hardware-related, such as with your network card, modem, mouse, keyboard or sound card, you should even go one step further, before calling your computer consulting experts.

Go to your Start menu. Next, shutdown your PC. Then turnrepparttar power off for a minute or so... if you’re computer didn’t power itself off on its own. Then finally power your PC back up again and see ifrepparttar 141308 problem resolved itself on its own. Many times a simple reboot is all it takes.

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