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Scott

It's Just Lights! Don't Risk Your Life!

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Some of you know me as A 20 year EMT. 

 

For whatever reason, I was reminded of A call I responded to three years ago, I think is worth sharing.  It's the darker side of what we do, but I think it's worth mentioning for when the "unthinkable" happens. 

 

To my knowledge, the person this happened to, is not a member of this site.

 

We responded to a call of a person that fell off a ladder.  He was trying to hang a star at the apex of his garage's roof.  He over reached.  The ladder was at an unsafe angle to begin with.  Bad things happened. 

 

LUCKILY, he lived to decorate the following year! 

 

Myself, and a few others from the FD, finished what he started, and hung his star a week later.  He could only watch, and I'm thankful he COULD watch!  Happy ending?  THIS time, yes.

 

The unfortunate DOES happen! 

 

DO NOT move the person that has fallen from the ladder, roof, whatever! 

 

In THIS case, it was a broken collar bone, and a fractured wrist.  A.K.A, LUCKY!  He was 10' in the air!  A fall from that height?  Lucky by anyone's measure.

 

The point of this "story".

 

BEFORE the decision has been made to call an ambulance, DO NOT MOVE THEM!   If they instantly get up...they MAY be O.K.  If they stay on the ground, there's a reason for that!  Don't move them inside simply because it's cold out.  Bring out a blanket!

 

Thankfully this person did not have any spinal damage, but be mindful.  IF you see this happen, ALWAYS assume the worse, until proven otherwise!   By the HOSPITAL!...NOT THEM!  "Yeah, I'm fine"  Really? 

 

Also, the 911 dispatcher is NOT an idiot.  Please regard EVERYTHING they say as the gospel.  In this case, the family moved him inside, because it was cold out.  Against the advise of the  911 dispatcher.  They didn't want Dad to get cold.  My opinion, they, and Dad, got lucky. 

 

I know, not within the three rules, sorry Chuck.  But this IS family centric.   

 

Be mindful of your surroundings, KNOW your limits!  If it doesn't FEEL safe, then guess what?  It isn't.

 

If, in sharing this, I can help just one unfortunate person, then it's well worth the time.  Yes, this IS the "ugly side" of what we do for Christmas. 

 

I DON'T wish to have this seen A "downer". 

 

Merely, throw this in the back of your head, so IF this does occur, you will KNOW what to do!   More specifically, what NOT to do!  Best advise?  DON'T panic!  Panic can kill, calm heads can not!

 

Sad fact, people DO get hurt decorating, amateurs and professionals alike.  My point, KNOW what to do when the preverbal "stuff" hits the fan. 

 

Watch your caboose!  All I'm saying.

 

All that said.  What are you doing reading this?   Go throw some lights!

 

Morbid? Yes. But for A GOOD reason,  I TRULY hope, you'll NEVER need to use this information!

 

Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

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