This past month has been a worrisome month for Nigeria due to the tragedies that came and left with it almost in all aspects. No one prays for accidents, they can occur at any time. The recent tanker mishap on Otedola bridge, was quite tragic and also there are similar reports of tanker accidents across the country.
Again, we don’t pray it happens again, but what if it does ?
What safety tips can we put to practice to make sure we don’t experience such occurrences .
Here are some tips you should take into consideration when a tanker is involved in an accident .
1. ASSUME IT IS LOADED WITH FUEL
Once a tanker is involved in an accident, it is safe to always assume its filled with inflammable content, even if you cannot see liquid coming out .Always assume it is loaded. This assumption will keep you alive.
2. DONT TRY TO SCOOP FUEL
Even if you are very fast, in scooping liquid, at most you would scoop 50 or 100 litres.Is that how much your life is worth ?.Your life can’t be bought, fuel can always be bought.
Run as fast as you can away from the tanker, you don’t have to wait to confirm if its spilling any content, just run away from it.
Don’t try to take pictures or videos, don’t try to observe. Run as fast as you can, don’t look back!! A split second can save your life
Note : If you notice it is spilling its content already, run in a direction that does not have a trail/flow of the liquid. This is important, because a trail of fire, is faster than you are.
4. LEAVE YOUR CAR THERE
Just like the above, leave your car, especially when there is traffic congestion .Leave it !, don’t try to lock it. Just run, stand at an extremely safe distance and watch your car from there .Once the road has been declared safe by the authorities, you can go back and pick your car. If it gets burnt, hustle and buy another car. Your life is worth more than all the Toyota cars ever built put together.
If you are in a public bus, do the same thing.Exit the bus and run with the instructions given above.
5. CALL THE AUTHORITY
Once you are at a safe distance, contact the authorities to report the accident.You can dial 112 or 767, its free . Our sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the recent accident on Otedola bridge and all other victims of road accident.