Safety Training Allows 4 year-old to Save Family

By David Hench
The Portland Press Herald

GORHAM, Maine — A 4-year-old boy who studied fire safety at his day-care center a few weeks ago used what he learned to help his family escape safely from a blaze in their basement apartment Monday.

Joseph Lamoin, who will turn 5 this month, woke at 5 a.m. to the smell and sight of smoke and did as he was taught.

He crawled, beneath the smoke, to his mother’s room, where he woke her and his 4-year-old sister.

The three crawled up the stairs of the house at 136 Day Road to where Joseph’s grandmother was sleeping, and everyone got out of the home safely, said Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre.
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Keep your Kits Fit and First Aid Station Supervisor Trained.

Times are tough economically and companies have found it necessary to lay off employees and change routines to stay afloat.  Remember though not to  inadvertently jeopardize your compliance with Regulation 1101 of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act when seeking smart ways to be frugal.  It might be time to do a quick  check up of your company’s  safety compliance.


Your first aid kit is stocked.
Any safety equipment is

accessible to all employees during work hours.

First Aid Station is

supervised by a company employee who

has a valid first aid certificate from a WSIB recognized Training Organization
works in the immediate vicinity of the station.

All required information is posted where it can be seen clearly by employees.
Company system for keeping  detailed records of accidents or first aid treatments  is in place and working well.

And, remember, employers need to cover the cost of first aid equipment at work.

Another Life Saved, We Hope

“Winnipeg Danny left the locker room after our workout and sat down on one of the benches next to the rink. He told one of the players passing by that he felt a “bit hot” and then lay down on the bench. His teammate talked to him briefly, then said goodbye. Moments later, another player came out of the room and saw Danny face down on the floor. At first, he thought Danny was about to do some  pushups or some such thing but then noticed there was no body movement. He called for help and luckily, on this day,  two firemen from Fort Myers were playing with us. They sprang into action, felt for a pulse and found none, then used a paddle and CPR to get Danny’s heart pumping again.”

Read the full story at Brian McFarlane’s blog,