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Accidents do Happen

Accidents do Happen



Prevention is the first "attitude" that can save."
 
Car Accidents - Attitudes that can save
 
Get to know how to behave in case you witness a car accident or in case you are a victim of a car accident. Your security and other people's security depend on your behavior. 
 
Protect:
 
- Do not smoke or allow someone to smoke. It can start a fire or explosion because of the spilt oil;
 
- Turn off the car engine of the car involved in the accident;
 
- Stop the cars involved in the accident with the hand brake. If possible place rocks in the wheels to stop them from moving;
 
- Cover the spots of spilt oil with sand;
 
- In case of fire make use of a fire extinguisher or sand to put it out.
 
Signalize:
 
- Put the emergency triangle in the correct place;
 
- Ask the other drivers to reduce speed or ask someone to do it when they are approaching the place of the accident.
 
Alert:
 
Call 112 or make use of the SOS places. Never think that someone had already done it. Park the car in safety before you make the call.
 
Indicate:
 
- The place of the accident, and the way of the road with a tab;
 
- Name and the approximate age of the victims;
 
- Apparent state of the victims and if any is stuck in the car;
 
- If there is any situation of danger (fire, spilt oil, blocked road, etc.);
 
- Number of cars involved;
 
- Type of cars (passenger's cars, motorbikes, lorries with goods, lorries carrying dangerous substances);
 
- In case of accident with a lorry carrying dangerous substances, do not get close to the place of the accident and try to prevent other people to do the same. If possible identify the name of the company and the numbers written in the orange panel (When existing).
 
Help - What to do with the victims:
 
- Try to act quickly, but if you don't have any kind of preparation, do not touch them. First aid can cause serious injuries or make the existing injuries worse;
 
- Only in case of fire should you take a victim out of a car, otherwise don't do it;
 
- Do not take the helmet to a motorbike rider involved in an accident;
 
- Do not give them anything to eat or drink;
 
- Talk to them and cheer them up.
 
These contents were given by the National Service of Firemen and Civil Protection.



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