There are many safety hazards confronting first responders when they arrive on the scene of an emergency. Firefighters, police, and EMTs are typically first on the scene in an emergency and face the greatest risk from electrical contacts, natural gas leaks, and fires. Private citizens may also become first responders. Understanding the potential dangers and learning how to deal with them correctly makes everyone safer.
Assume all lines are energized and potentially dangerous. Keep all personnel and equipment as far away as possible from overhead power lines. Personnel, ladders, and fully extended aerial equipment must never get closer than 10 feet from lines up to 50,000 volts, and higher voltages on large transmission towers require additional clearances of up to 50 feet. Use a spotter to monitor placement of equipment.
Risks associated with electricity and natural gas can be lessened by applying some basic safety principles.
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