First responders have seen a lot. They have dealt with many emergency situations and have saved lives doing so. Do you want safety tips to create a safer work environment? Read on for safety tips from first responders.
Stay calm, stay safe.
According to the Marine Corps (from this source):
- Treat every gun as if it is loaded
- Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger, until you are ready to fire
- Keep the weapon on safety (the notch/button by the trigger, it locks it), until you intend to fire
- Know where your target lies and beyond, and know what is between you and your target
If you’ve taken Hunter Safety as a kid, then you will probably remember these. These are the most common gun safety tips and should be remembered in all circumstances, whether that be for active shooter situations or dealing with dangerous weapons in the workplace.
There are times in the workplace when an emergency situation can be hard to navigate. Read these three below on how to react in 3 other scenarios.
“If everyone in a room/vehicle/building is unresponsive, DO NOT ENTER FOR ANY REASON. If you see someone collapse after entering a confined space, DO NOT ENTER FOR ANY REASON. If you see a person collapse near a potential chemical spill, DO NOT ENTER FOR ANY REASON. Overall, if it killed them, it will kill you.”
“I just read something that if you’re lost and your phone is about to die, change your voicemail to give an approximate location of where you are.”
“If you are dealing with someone who has been stabbed or impaled and the item is still inside the body, do not pull it out.”
According to this source.
Remember, emergencies happen fast. So, react quickly and think about it if you can. You do not want to put yourself in danger if no one is left to help. Sometimes you might be the person who has to call 911 or push that emergency button on your Alert-Com app or the safety device APS has installed for you.
And Lastly, Gut Instinct
Trusting your gut is critical when it comes to dealing with emergencies. Usually, your gut and intuition are correct when it comes down to knowing right from wrong.
“One thing a senior supervisor taught me as a crisis social worker is if it feels bad or wrong, trust it. Don’t push past it; there’s usually a good reason you intuitively know that,” According to this source.
This tip in particular could be the difference between life and death. When you have nothing else to trust or use for protection, trust your gut. Your instincts will kick in and you will be able to live through the impossible.
Safety Tips From First Responders – Final Thoughts
There are many safety tips from first responders to learn. These are just a few examples, and should hopefully help you if you wound up in any potential emergency situation at the workplace. Did you learn anything from these tips? Leave a comment. Are you wanting to prepare for emergencies and create a safer environment? Give us a call, we are experts who are happy to help.