Winter 2018 Newsletter
Winter officially begins today. Snow, ice, and sleet can make for hazardous driving as well as slippery operating conditions at the emergency scene. Extra care must be taken, especially when moving patients from the incident to the vehicle for transport.
Again, we must not forget “frost bite” and “hypothermia”.
|Signs of Frost bite are; Freezing in deep layers of skin and tissue; pale, waxy-white skin color; skin becomes hard and numb; usually affects the fingers, hands, toes, feet ears and nose.|
|Signs of Hypothermia are; body temperature drops to below 95 degrees; fatigue or drowsiness; uncontrolled shivering, cool bluish skin, slurred speech, clumsy movements; irrational or confused behavior.|
When responding, assess the weather while going to your vehicle and drive accordingly. Make sure you can see out of all windows. Responding in a safe but timely matter is what counts the most.
|To avoid skidding on a slippery road drive at a reduced speed and operate the vehicle’s controls in a smooth and constrained manner. Increasing tire forces, such as braking and accelerating while steering may push tires even closer to a skid condition. It is essential that the vehicles speed is maintained at a safe level and turns be made gently.|
|If your vehicle begins to skid, do not panic; follow the instructions in your owners manual. Continue to steer in the direction you wish to go. Be careful of oversteering. Once control is regained, brake as instructed in your owner’s manual.|
All Health and Safety Officers should have made plans for such winter emergencies. Responding from one’s home using care is critical. An accident involving the responder not only creates a problem for the responder but also requires the chief or officer in charge to divert resources or call for mutual aid to answer this additional call. The object is to make it safely to the firehouse and to the incident and return to headquarters or home without creating another incident.
Always remember to "buckle-up" and use "Spotters", when backing up. You may think you are safe because you are in an enclosed cab but in an accident you will find yourself bouncing off of the walls that enclose you in the cab. Don't put your Chiefs or Officers in the awkward position of having to inform a loved one that you were injured because you were not buckled up.
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