PPE for First Responders
Category: Public Safety
Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. No matter what public safety service you perform, Today’s Tip is critical to keeping you safe.
Whether you’re in law enforcement, custody, fire, or EMS, you likely encounter potentially dangerous pathogens nearly every day.
One thing we learned during the pandemic is the danger of airborne contagions. And we were reminded about the importance of using personal protective equipment, or PPE, to keep us safe. Public safety professionals have long used hand sanitizer and surgical masks. But they became scarce during the pandemic because others realized their effectiveness in reducing risks posed by disease.
Even though the worst of COVID-19 appears to be behind us, these reminders still hold true for your daily work routine. Whether you’re in law enforcement, custody, fire, or EMS, you likely encounter potentially dangerous pathogens nearly every day. It’s in our nature to help people. When we see someone who’s injured, it’s natural for us to spring into action to help. But don’t forget about using your PPE.
That means gloving up before touching or treating an injured person. Using a face shield or resuscitator bag or mask for CPR. And don’t forget about wearing stick-proof gloves when searching any place you cannot see.
Most importantly, if you even think you’ve been exposed, report it! This may mean more paperwork at the end of your shift. It may even mean a trip to the doctor’s office or clinic for additional testing. But it’s crucial for your long-term protection to document what happened.
Remember, it only takes a second to don your PPE. Protecting our great public, yourself, your coworkers, and your family is important. Don’t cut corners and don’t take anything for granted. Your life or the lives of others may depend on it.
And that’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham, signing off.