By Scott Harkins, Senior Vice President, Risk Control Services
Emergency service is often recognized as a selfless occupation. When asked, most
responders might tell you that they chose emergency services because it gave
them an opportunity to help others. Numerous emergency responders have lost
their lives or been seriously injured while saving others. That is truly heroic.
It is sad to have lost many emergency responders, who have risked their lives to
save others, to diseases such as cancer and disabling injuries. Today, this industry
has more knowledge of the risks we face than any time in history. With this
knowledge, the opportunity is available to save more lives, the lives that matter
most to spouses, children, grand-children, friends, siblings and parents. With this
knowledge, it’s important to make a personal commitment to help prevent these
deaths and injuries by living healthful.
Consider taking control of health and wellness by:
- Eating healthy and in moderation
- Staying hydrated
- Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – every time, all the time
- Properly cleaning the PPE and clothes worn after exposure to potential carcinogens and chemicals
- Having regular medical examinations
Commit to a healthy lifestyle, if not for ourselves, then for those who would have a large void in their life if we were gone.
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