Thursday, 19 July 2018

NOT BEST PRACTICE !


I saw this in the local SUPERVALU store in Mountmellick, Co Laois this morning. 

I was horrified to see bundles of firewood blocking access to the defibrillator !

Just imagine, someone is having a heart attack nearby and precious seconds are wasted 

while the logs are removed to reach the machine that can help save a life.   




Then of course I realised that this is also the town

where a local politician hit the headlines suggesting that 

dogs should be fitted

with nappies!


Does this sort of behaviour occur where you live ?



23 comments:

  1. Doesn't surprise me at all. Go into almost any convenience-type store in the UK and you'll find that they've complied with the law by putting in a ramp to allow wheelchair access, but they then pile in the merchandise in a way that blocks the aisles for anyone with a chair. Our village shop is a frequent offender despite having both a school for the disabled and an old people's care home nearby.

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    1. I do find that sort of nonchalant negligence to be rather annoying and uncaring. It says quite a lot about the people who manage those stores - that they would not make good neighbours or earn any citizenship rewards.

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  2. Well certainly in our little town the defibrillator is kept clear at all times. It is fitted to the wall outside the doorway of our chemist. As to dogs - there are still people (bear in mind this is a tourist town in the Summer) who allow their dogs to soil the pavement and don't pick up after them.

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    1. There is another defibrillator in the centre of the town on an outside wall; though too far from the store to be effective. The town appears to be reasonably clear of dogs and their poo.

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    2. Probably because all the dogs are wearing nappies.

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  3. I hope you spoke to a store manager about it because you're right, that's terribly dangerous and inappropriate. Plus it's grounds for a lawsuit against the store if someone dies while time is lost getting to the blocked defib, so it's in the store's own self-interest to ensure that access is easily available at all times.

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    1. If there had been one Manager or Supervisor in sight I would have done so. As it was I have let it be known
      in certain quarters of their neglect and am sure that words will fall into certain ears.

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  4. Oh, no worries bout the fire wood and other obstacles, friend H … as I would rip any place apart fast and furious in order to save a precious life … been there done that … Love, cat.

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    1. Yes, I can just imagine that your inner tiger would be extremely active in such circumstances.

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  5. I can see OSHA or DHEC or maybe even the Fire Marshall having a field day with that here in the states. I know it would be some sort of a code violation and there would be penalties if it wasn't corrected immediately.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I would be in total agreement with that if such legal practises were in operation here !

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  6. Well spotted Mel. I will be in there today and will talk to someone regarding it.
    I well remember the sense of shame I felt when national radio and some national U.K tabloids rightly lampooned the Town Council regarding a councillor proposing that the council investigate the possibility of putting nappies on dogs as a possible solution to the problem of dogs fouling the footpaths in the town.

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    1. Very well done Brian. I knew that it was wrong thing to do and I pulled out the iPhone and took a photo as the opportunity to make a blog post was too good to miss out on :-)
      I recall seeing the headlines in the UK Sunday national newspapers about Councillor X and a great old skit it was too ha'ha'ha' he will never live that one down ! Many thanks for leaving a comment.

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  7. Hi Mel - definitely know this sort of thing happens - people without forethought ... sad, but true. Well done for spotting it and making it into a post - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for your comment Hilary. Awareness raising is about bringing things to peoples attention.

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  8. Unbelievable! But who knows what goes on where I live!

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    1. All goes to show just how stupid people can be by not understanding the importance of emergency equipment!
      Thanks for commenting Mitchell.

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  9. It's just symptomatic of the thoughtless world we inhabit.

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    1. Yes it is, yet not to mention it can be seen as condoning too.

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  10. Firewood? Chilly in your neck of the woods is it?

    LX

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    1. We acclimatise very quickly and so a slight drop in temp can feel cold.

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  11. Good on you for highlighting the fierewood blocking the defibrillator Heron. Can you tell the county councils to pull their Ragwort?

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    1. Yes I could of course and I could also tell some of the farmers too. My guess is that it would get me nowhere at at all apart from slurry being sprayed on our garden walls.

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