Tue, Nov 01, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Workshop highlights the prevention of disasters

By Jean Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Frank Hsieh yesterday practices CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), while calling on the public to learn this skill, during a press conference in Taipei.

PHOTO: CNA

The National Disasters Prevention and Protection Commission of the Executive Yuan yesterday led by Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), demonstrated the correct way of administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in hopes that the public would learn the importance of disaster prevention and protection procedures.

Hsieh said that disaster prevention is not only the government's responsibility, but the public also has to learn the correct methods to save themselves, as well as others.

The commission said that if CPR is done within four to six minutes after a person's heartbeat or breathing stops, the survival rate can reach 40 percent.

The commission also wants to educate the public on the prevention of a common winter-time accident -- carbon monoxide poisoning, which occurs when heating devices are not properly operated, ventilated or maintained.

The National Fire Administration said that that there must be proper ventilation -- such as open windows -- when using gas, no matter how cold it is outside.

A workshop on emergency response and rescue discussed the planning of rescue routes after earthquakes, typhoon warnings, standard response procedures and disaster management.

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