Tuesday 17th. March 2020.
Most of us carry safety gear, bought with reluctance at great expense. For many the equipment is regarded as a talisman against disaster. Some gets used, but most of the things languish in a locker unloved and neglected. Will the apparatus work in the unlikely event that it is needed ? Probably not! It may be the ignorance of the user, lack of practice, or more likely potentially fatal faults in the gear itself. The talk will explore experiments with a wide variety of safety equipment; reveal faults and suggest simple modifications to the equipment and its use that could potentially decide the difference between life and death. Practical demonstrations and audience participation hopefully will convince sceptics.