Aunt Ida’s Recipes for Disaster – 6


Welcome back folks for another exciting recipe from our Chef de Catastrophe, Aunt Ida. She knows that busy people don’t have much time these days and created this one pot dish  exclusively for them.  Since it’s Aunt Ida, you know it’s gotta be good.

SEPTEMBER FEATURED RECIPE   Confined Space One Pot – Nothing helps save more cooking time and reduces cleanup time, like a delicious and noxious, one pot confined space dish.

Prep Time –  This is a quick dish taking only minutes to prep and saves time by not using a retrieval system for quick extraction, not employing a spotter to keep constant eye contact with confined space entrant, or not conducting atmosphere test before entry into a confined space. 
Cook Time Done in 5 minutes or less but keep an eye on it since any noxious vapors left   in the confined space, affects people differently depending on their physical makeup. However there is one instant quick fire technique that we don’t recommend for the beginner chef.  It involves using a torch or other ignition source in a confined space that had contained a flammable liquid and not bothering to test the atmosphere.  POOF!  It’s done! 
YIELD Can be as little as 1,  if you allow someone to climb into a confined space on their own but can be as high as 3 or 4, especially when the second one tries to save the first one and the third one tries to save the first two and so on.  Because you decided to climb in to a confined space and didn’t tell anyone, then pass out from lack of oxygen or overcome by fumes you and others could stew in there for days before anyone comes upon your bodies.   
Confined space entry is serious business.  You should always be aware of what’s been in that bin, vat or tank before it got to you.  Before you climb in and weld a repair or replace a valve or dislodge a clog has the atmosphere been tested?  The information you should be given is what if any is the level of residual fumes, are they combustable, do I need to be on an external oxygen supply while in there?  Do I need to wear a full hazmat suit?  You should also be given a vest as part of the emergency retrieval system so you can be pulled out immediately if any trouble comes along like if you were to pass out, this avoids others having to enter the space and risk the same hazards to extract you.  Never let anyone tell you that confined space is a one person job.  You always need to have a spotter (attendant) outside the confined space that you communicate with and has eyes on you every minute.  The spotter never leaves you alone, not to take a break or have a quick smoke or to use the restroom. They stay with you while you’re inside!  
If you still don’t believe that confined space entry can be a dangerous recipe and in this case it only took the fumes of old olive oil to cause two deaths. read this story:  In Greece, Olive Oil Factory Owner And Worker Die In Vat Mishap.  When we see someone down our first instinct is to get to them immediately to render aid.  However when it comes to confined space this can be a very  costly move.  Even if you’re aware there are fumes present and you take a deep breath before jumping in, the exertion of getting to them, picking up a limp body and trying to climb out will catch up and a very good chance that two corpses will be found.  Keep your head in emergencies, use the proper equipment and you may have a chance to save that life, but if you follow proper procedure to begin with you won’t have to worry.

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