Training in Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center

Training in Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center

Due to geological reason, Japan is prone to earthquakes. I would like extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake and I also feel that it is very important to get prepared for the natural disaster. Therefore, I decided to go to the Life Safety Learning Center in Ikebukuro to acquire knowledge and techniques in facing disaster by taking part in earthquake simulations, firefighting and evacuation from fire smoke. I joined the Disaster Prevention Experience Tour which lasted for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

For earthquake simulation session, we had the chance to experience an earthquake with seismic intensity of 7. The tremor was really strong that I could not stand and felt really panic. We hid under the table and held tight to the legs of the table. When there is an earthquake, if you are inside a building, protect your head and get under a table; if you are outside, go to a safe place or an evacuation center. We should prepare enough food, water, flashlight and electricity charger at home, and always get informed of the accurate and latest information of the earthquake since aftershocks may occur.

Alot of the time, fire may happen during earthquakes and it is very damaging and dangerous. We learnt the steps when handling a fire and how to use the fire extinguisher in the firefighting simulation session. When we witness a fire, shout loudly "Fire" or "Kajida (japanese)" to inform people around and then call 119. The hands on experience was very realistic that we could use a fire extinguisher filled with water which was really heavy. There are three steps in using a fire extinguisher, firstly pull the safety pin, secondly point the nozzle toward the base of the fire in 3-5 meters distance, and then squeeze the lever. However, if the flames reach the ceiling, we should stop and flee the scene.

During the evacuation from fire smoke session, I tried to search for exits in the smoke room and escape as soon as possible. I also learnt about the properties of the smoke which is toxic and spreads quickly upwards so I need to cover my nose and mouth with a handkerchief or cloth and crouch low when escaping. Even if you left something important, do not go back to the smoke room.

In the end, I had an VR session about torrential rain and earthquake and the experience was also very realistic. There are also alot of exhibits and training corners in the center for self study. There are alot of foreigners, students and office workers come for the training. It is really a memorable way to learn about disaster prevention skills through experiential training and the tour is free so I highly recommend everyone to join it.

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