Safety - You Could Get Hurt Without It!

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   2. Everyone should pay attention to traffic conditions and surroundings in the event of a sudden stop

       or change of direction

   3. Personnel do not distract driver with conversation or showing map book pages

C. Exiting apparatus at scene

   1. Wait until apparatus comes to complete stop

   2. Use handrails and step off rather than jump

   3. Watch footing when exiting - be careful where you step or what you step on

   4. Watch for other arriving apparatus

   5. Watch for traffic - emergency lights may blind motorists

   6. Watch for other personnel or apparatus operating at the scene

D. Working around apparatus

   1. Watch for open compartment doors

   2. Watch for other personnel, apparatus, and traffic

   3. Get help when removing heavy equipment

   4. Avoid long reaches

   5. Use proper lifting techniques when removing equipment

E. Driver safety

   1. Driver is responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle - maintain full control of the vehicle rather

       than letting it or the emergency take control

   2. Driver's job is to be get everyone to the scene safely

   3. Concentrate on driving and the surroundings - not everyone sees or hears responding apparatus

   4. Emergency vehicles only have the right-of-way when someone gives it to them

   5. Emergency lights and sirens do not exempt the driver from motor vehicle laws

   6. Let other vehicles move out of the way rather going around them

   7. Watch for moving vehicles when traffic is stopped - not everyone may know why the traffic has


IV. EMS Safety (1-4)

A. Universal precautions for body fluids

   1. Hand protection - latex gloves

   2. Eye protection - goggles or safety glasses

   3. Respiratory protection - face mask

   4. Protective clothing (tyvek coveralls), if required

   5. Other protective clothing (turnout gear) at vehicle accident scenes

B. Make sure scene is safety

   1. Shootings

   2. Fights

   3. Domestic disturbances

   4. Hazardous materials incidents

C. Monitoring patient behavior

   1. Patient could become violent

       a. Seizures

       b. Drug overdoses

       c. Mental disorder

       d. Diabetic emergencies

       e. Traumatic emergencies

  2. Have patient properly and safely secured on the cot during transport

  3. Unconscious patient who may become violent when conscious

D. Proper lifting and carrying techniques

   1. Use legs rather than back

   2. Lift as a team

   3. Communicate with team members while loading and unloading

   4. Use caution when stretcher is in raised position to avoids it collapsing

E. Care provider restraint while treating patients in moving vehicle

   1. Attempt to work in a seated and belted position

   2. Consider a strap to restrict movement should the vehicle become involved in an accident

F. Safety with equipment

   1. Properly use and dispose of sharps

   2. Exercise caution when using defibrillators around water

   3. Avoid open flame around oxygen

V. Fireground Safety (1-5)

A. Personal safety

   1. Wear personal protective clothing appropriate for the activity being undertaken

   2. Use respiratory protection with personal alert safety systems (PASS) activated whenever in a

        potentially dangerous to life and health environment

   3. Always work in teams - no freelancing

   4. Stay with officer or make sure officer knows whereabouts

   5. Practice accountability by staying with the team rather than depending on an accountability tags to

       maintain control of personnel

   6. Allow personnel to perform only tasks for which they have been trained and equipped

B. Tool safety

   1. Carry hand and power tools properly

   2. Stop and look before using any tool

   3. Look below when working above

C. Other means of avoiding injury

   1. Watch footing and avoid falls, especially in wet and colder conditions

   2. Avoid being struck by sharp and blunt objects

   3. Protect against burns - thermal or radiation

   4. Avoid inhalation of smoke or toxic gases