Firefighting is just as dangerous in the winter as it is during any month. However, the winter season brings about fire risks that are less common during other months. To stay safe while firefighting this winter, follow these tips:

Respond Safely

Although it is the firefighter’s job to arrive at the scene of a fire promptly, sometimes things must be taken slowly to arrive at all. Winter months often result in abundant ice and snow, making it dangerous to drive quickly. Please take your time, if necessary, to ensure you arrive safely at the fire scene.

Notice Fireground Concerns

Although you must act quickly when approaching a fire scene, you must also be on the lookout for any potential hazards on the premises.

Watch Out For Hazards

Slip and fall injuries are among the most common workplace injuries each year. Firefighters are at high risk of becoming victims to them when working outside in the winter months. When on the scene of a fire, watch out for slippery areas, ice, and dense snow. Also, keep watch for hypothermia and frostbite; just because there may be a fire nearby does not mean it is not still cold outside.

Notice Structural Concerns

These are a reason for concern any time of the year, especially in the winter. Snow can pile up on parts of a building and cause them to become weak and crack under pressure, wind, or fire. Ice from firefighting hoses can also build up on the building, ladders, or other equipment, causing a hazard.