57 Students Hospitalized: Fire Extinguisher Side Effects
November 3, 2016 2:15am CST
October 29, 2016, all colleges of our university participated in the Gabi ng Sayawan (Night of Dances) – Wanna Be Contest which is one of the big events for the university’s sports festival. One of the participating teams imitated a music video of Katy Perry’s Fireworks. They used a fire extinguisher to replicate the smoke effects in the video. Prior to the event, the said team was to use a “Fountain firework” but was not permitted because it may cause fire accidents within the enclosed venue. Hence, they used a fire extinguisher for their performance! The students experienced difficulty in breathing, dizziness and headache because of the exposure to the dry chemical. Fifty-seven students were brought to the school’s clinic for first aid and were later brought to the nearest hospital. The next day, our university doctor issued a statement declaring that all the students were safe. The student council's president released his statement regarding the issue and was grateful to those who helped that night and that all students were safe. The incident resulted to cancellation of the night’s activity and other sports events for the following days until further notice.
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3 Nov 16
@SIMPLYD that's one hard earned lesson not only to the participants but also to the whole university. I know for sure that the student council has to carry the responsibility because they allowed the use of the extinguishing unit. If they were not so sure about their decision as to allow or disallow it, they would have given the participating team enough time to either reconsider or wait for the council to do their research...
7 Nov 16
this is also one of the many questions in my mind. But I think if the student council's decision about the use of the fire extinguisher was kind of a bit late, there's a good chance that nobody was able to tell them about the side effects of dry chemicals.