Responding to an incident on the highway is one of the biggest risks emergency medical services (EMS) face. Working on the road near high speed traffic can pose a serious threat.
Safety tips for EMS when responding to a roadside incident:
- Ensure the vehicle is pulled into a safe location and put in PARK
- Always wear your seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion
- Turn on vehicle warning lights
- Before exiting the vehicle look for any hazards such as downed power lines, drop off etc.
- Wear high visibility clothing when working a roadside incident
- Put out cones with reflective material to warn and steer traffic away from area
- Place signs, light boards, flares etc. ahead of the area to warn traffic
- Be aware of traffic when exiting the vehicle
- Only exit the vehicle when safe to do so and try to stay behind the vehicle or on the side away from traffic as much as possible