Monday, February 06, 2006
How To Sit In a Reclining Chair
Now I know that many of you happily live your lives, in a care free and relaxed manner, without ever giving a thought to the dangers that lurk in every corner of your existence.
However, don't panic, Nanny spends the most part of her life worrying about these dangers on our behalf.
Thank you Nanny!
Indeed she has recently identified another, previously considered "harmless", activity that urgently needs the "Nanny treatment".
Sitting in reclining chairs, it seems, is very dangerous.
Therefore Nanny's chums in the Greater Manchester Fire Service have drawn up a four-page safety manual to instruct crews on how to sit in a reclining chair.
Firemen, you might recall, are those brave ladies and gentlemen who risk life and limb on our behalf putting out fires and rescuing people from burning buildings.
You would have thought that they had a healthy appreciation of risk; Nanny thinks otherwise.
Those firemen from Manchester hoping for a rest between call-outs are banned from doing so, until they have been trained to use the fireservice's new £400 reclining chair.
This may take some time, however, since Greater Manchester Fire Service employs 2,200 personnel in 41 stations.
The instructions for sitting down are as follows:
Take out their "personal-issue head protector", and place it on the back of the chair.
Then, and only then, can they begin their descent, a process that must end with them sitting "fully back". Those that get this far can "get ready to recline".
The manual then advises:
"To release the mechanism (i.e. to start reclining), simply lift the lever under the right-hand arm of the chair (when seated).
This moves the chair into its semi-reclined position (i.e. feet up, head up)."
To recline the chair fully, they must hold on to the arm rests and push backwards.
To "upright" [sic] the chair, the occupant "should sit up slightly into the semi-reclined position, hold on to the armrest then press downwards with their heels until the action locks the chair flush".
Crews are warned that only "trained personnel" can carry out "lubrication of mechanisms", and that sleeping bags must not be used.
They are also given advice on how to deal with spillages - "tissue should firstly be placed on the stain to absorb excess liquid" - and warned that horseplay involving recliners is deemed a disciplinary offence.
The fire service has spent £130,000 on new Calcot recliners, which will be used as beds during night shifts.
A fire service spokesman said:
"Training will be given for health and safety reasons.
There are moving parts."
I sit on a swivel chair when working, which I constructed myself; am I in danger?