Kolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department has undertaken a unique approach to create awareness among school students in connection with fire safety and security. The department has come up with a booklet containing colourful pictorial illustrations regarding a series of precautionary measures that can be followed to curb fire accidents.”We feel that awareness through children can create wonders when it comes to maintenance of safety measures to check fire. We will soon start distributing these attractive booklets among school and college students and they will take up the responsibility of educating their respective family members about some basic steps that can curb incidents of fire,” said Sujit Bose, state Fire and Emergency Services minister. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe booklet begins with the picture of a mother educating her children about the steps that should be taken if a fire suddenly breaks out in a building. Switching off all electric lights and gadgets, opening up all doors and windows of the house, then vacating the building using the staircase preferably covering the face and nose with a piece of cloth are among the steps mentioned. This should be followed by an immediate call to the fire brigade. The book highlights rules to be followed in the kitchen including using the cooking gas carefully, having a proper instrument and not a piece of cloth to bring down something hot from the oven, opening the doors and windows immediately if there is any gaseous smell, avoid pouring kerosene when the stove is in burning condition etc. “The fire incidents in households occur mostly from the kitchen room and the use of cooking gas,” a senior official in the Fire department pointed out. The other precautionary messages include keeping matchsticks away from reach of children, avoiding smoking while lying down on the bed, putting off switches of lights in case of a power cut, not to use too many electric gadgets through a single plug point etc. “All the messages in the book are short yet concise and illustrated with pictures so that curiosity to read it will arise automatically,” the official added. It also tells elders to keep a close watch on their children when they celebrate Diwali and dial toll-free number 101 in case of an emergency. “Awareness is the key to fire fighting. If we all follow certain safety measures, we can keep ourselves protected. This is the main objective behind this approach,” the minister added.
Major North American indices made gains Friday, with those in New York setting record highs, as investors felt confident about the economy and the global political climate.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 39.22 points to 15,857.22.In New York, all three indices reached new highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165.59 points to 23,328.63 and the S&P 500 index advanced 13.11 points to 2,575.21. That’s the fifth consecutive record-setting day for each index.The Nasdaq composite index, meanwhile, set a new high as it added 23.98 points to 6,629.05.The positive momentum comes as investors have decided that there’s little political risk and the economy is pretty stable, said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investments.“There really is very little out there today that should disrupt markets,” he said.Everyone is watching the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress, set to end next week, and parliamentary elections in Japan this weekend, Adatia said. But no surprises are expected from either event, he added.The TSX, which has recently experienced a rally, also benefits from lower expectations that the Bank of Canada will raise its benchmark interest rate once more before the end of the year, he said.Statistics Canada released inflation figures Friday that showed Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.6 per cent in September, up from 1.4 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada scrutinizes the agency’s consumer price index ahead of rate decisions and economists said it’s unlikely the increase will push the central bank to raise rates at next Wednesday’s scheduled policy meeting.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.36 cents US, down 0.78 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the December crude contract gained 33 cents to US$51.84 per barrel and the November natural gas contract rose roughly four cents to about US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract shed US$9.50 to US$1,280.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was relatively unchanged at about US$3.17 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter