The Health and Safety Gestapo have donned their jackboots again, and have stomped into the firestations of the London Firebrigade.
Fire crews have been banned by Nanny from making home visits, to offer safety advice to people who smoke, unless the residents stub out all cigarettes at least one hour beforehand and open their windows.
What a larf!
Now correct me if I am wrong, but do not firemen kind of expose themselves to the far greater danger of smoke inhalation (burning houses, sofas, rubber, noxious chemicals etc) on a daily basis?
This nonsensical ruling was was recently sent out by London fire brigade chiefs, in order to comply with Nanny's workplace smoking ban.
The rationale being that people's homes are "the workplace" when firemen visit them to offer advice about fire safety.
Now, you would have thought that a smoker's home presents a possibly greater risk of catching fire than a non smoker's home. Therefore, are they not in greater need of advice about how to prevent a fire?
Approximately 40,000 prevention visits were carried out by London firemen last year. These help greatly reduce the number of fires and injuries from fires.
That doesn't bother Nanny, her edict states that anyone requesting a home visit will now be told to provide a "smoke-free environment to avoid threatening firefighters' health".
"Where the occupants are smokers, we ask that they refrain from smoking both during the visit and for a period prior to the visit.
We suggest a period of one hour."
Householders will be told to "ventilate the dwelling before the visit to clear any tobacco smoke."
How the fark does Nanny think that she will enforce this pile of dog doings then?
Aha, how silly of me, she will perform a risk assessment (pass the sick bag someone!).
Nanny says that if her rules are not followed, and a haze of smoke remains, the fireman must "complete a risk assessment and consider whether the visit should proceed."
What utter BOLLOCKS!
Seemingly if the brave fireman feels too afraid to enter, because of a waft of Rothmans, he will stand outside the front door and proffer advice.
I assume that risk assessment will soon have to be performed before firemen are allowed to attend a fire?
These Health and Safety knobheads and Nanny's rules will be the death of us all!