Baptisteries are usually the scenes of joyful celebrations but problems can arise around your worship center’s baptistery. Fires, drowning, infections, slips and falls can injure or even kill people. Leaks from the baptistery can also cause damage to sanctuaries. With this in mind, here are some simple safety guidelines to follow:
- Prevent slips and falls by making sure proper handrails are installed as well as slip-resistant treads or mats have been placed on the steps and inside the baptistery.
- Use licensed and certified electricians and plumbers for maintenance and installation.
- Remove drowning risk by keeping the water depth low, building a safety barrier around the tank and supervising children at all times when near the baptistery.
- Any electrical outlets nearby should be installed with ground fault interrupters. These interrupters are designed to immediately cut power should a fault occur. They can react to current imbalances as quickly as 1/13th of a second.
- Make sure that heating elements are properly grounded and a thermostatic valve is installed.
- Avoid direct connection to plumbing unless a back flow preventer is used and the local plumbing inspector has been consulted. The control valve for the baptistery should be within sight at all times when the baptistery is in use if possible.
- Inspect for leaks regularly.
- Baptistery water should be filtered daily. Filters should be cleaned when the water is changed. You should also have an odorless disinfectant system that operates when the filter pump is on. If you do not have a disinfectant system, you should chemically treat the water in the baptistery tank.
- If you need a microphone while in the tank, always use a cordless microphone. Using a hard wired microphone can cause shock or death. There are a variety of wireless microphones that primarily use batteries at a wide range of costs. Transmitters can be worn safely inside rubber waders normally worn during baptisms.
If you have questions about other risk factors around your baptistery, or your church, give us a call at 405-373-2977 or visit us online at www.eciagency.com.