“Danger Will Robinson, Danger……”
When you approach a scene are you aware of the Dangers? Do you which of those dangers pose an immediate threat and which are things you only need to be aware of. Are you aware of the entire situation around you? Seems several of my posts all have to do with being AWARE. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts Situational Awareness on scene is one of the most important things in the safety of Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers and that includes being aware of ANY and ALL possible dangers (ALL OF THEM no matter how small or insignificant you think they might be).
Sometimes the biggest dangers are the ones you can’t see the ones that don’t smack you right in the face. Carbon Monoxide poisoning, for example, can be highly dangerous and you may not even aware there is a problem until it’s too late. Certain other fumes can be highly toxic and leave little to no warning that they are in the air until it’s too late. Another biggy is Natural Gas. Natural Gas itself does not have an odor (Natural Gas companies do something to make it smell like rotten eggs (don’t ask me how they do this as I do not know the answer, but I’m sure you can google it. If it wasn’t for the rotten egg smell we would be completely oblivious to any leaks that might occur until it was too late. For police officers, a seemingly routine call can go bad within seconds (and often with no warning).
Even on routine calls, it’s important to be aware of the possible Dangers around you.
Dangers can lurk where you least expect it and if you are not aware of them can take you completely by surprise and make a situation go from bad to worse in seconds.
Remember be aware of the DANGERS and Stay SAFE!