Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

Journal Entry 54: Safety Doesn’t Take the Summer Off

Most of us probably take some time in the summer to relax at the shore or up in the mountains. (I’m thinking the gang in Colorado is looking for the beach and the gang in Florida is heading for Montana, just sayin’.) In any event, we talk “health and safety” every day at every call, at every training class and every drill. Why not? It’s all about surviving the fire service and getting out healthy and in one piece. But what about off duty or when not tied up with the volunteer company? I know too many firefighters that have gotten seriously injured or worse when on their own time. Do we have a memory lapse when not in uniform or when the pager is placed in the charger? One guy was painting his house and fell off a 3-story ladder. One guy was mowing the lawn and kicked up a rock to his forehead. On a national level, our colleagues report through web sites and email newsletters that firefighters get killed on motorcycles and jet skis every summer. We need to pay better attention for our sake and our family’s sake. Consider these for a happy and healthy summer, beach side or mountainside:

Water Safety:

  • Everyone should learn how to swim, float and survive in the water. Us and the kids! Swim in life guard protected areas and never dive in unknown waters.
  • Take a Coast Guard approved boating course (if you have a boat!) and use USCG approved personal flotation devices (PFD’s).
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, reach (with a pole) throw (a life buoy on a rope) row (go get them in a boat) or go (but only if you are a strong swimmer with rescue skills.)
  • Swim with a buddy and teach your kids to do the same. The Boy Scouts of America have used the “buddy system” successfully for 110 years including during this summer at scout camps all over the country.

General Safety:

  • Wear safety glasses or goggles when mowing the lawn.
  • Tie off ladders so they stay secure for the moments we forget we’re on a ladder.
  • Drive to stay alive.
  • Plan your trips and take the proper gear with you whether hiking the mountains or boating on the lake or in the ocean.

Wellness:

  • Stay fit in your time off. Work out while on vacation. Scale it back because hey, you’re on vacation but keep moving!
  • Watch your diet. It’s very easy to drift over to comfort food while vacationing.
  • Beach volley ball or mountain biking?

Have a great summer and enjoy yourself but come back in one piece. We need you in the firehouse and on the line.

Be well, stay well, be safe,

Ronnie K

Views: 221

Comment

You need to be a member of Fire Engineering Training Community to add comments!

Join Fire Engineering Training Community

Policy Page

CONTRIBUTORS NOTE

Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to www.fireengineering.com/archives.

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page HERE. -- Bobby Halton

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail peter.prochilo@clarionevents.com.

FE Podcasts


Check out the most recent episode and schedule of
UPCOMING PODCASTS

Groups

© 2019   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service