- Always assume a downed power line is electrically alive.
- Move away from downed power lines by keeping the feet together and shuffle with small steps. The idea is to not create a circuit for electricity to travel up one leg and down the other.
- Control traffic with warning devices and personnel.
- Stabilize vehicles in collisions by shutting off the engine, shift to park gear, and placing wedges in front of and behind a wheel (do these only when vehicle is safe to approach).
- If it is necessary to disconnect the car batter, cut the negative cable first.
- The easiest way to get into a patient inside a house is by breaking a window.
- To break an automobile window, use a spring punch on the corner of a side window.
- Extrication: remove the patient as rapidly and safely as possible.
- Stabilize vehicles using the proper devices.
- Upright vehicle: immobilize suspension by placing chocks under the vehicle, parallel to each wheel. This eliminates any movement of the vehicle.
- Vehicle on its side: use rescue struts to prevent the vehicle from rolling over.
- Vehicle on its roof: support the vehicle by building box cribs under the hood and the trunk. This can also be done by placing airbags under the front and rear of the overturned vehicle.
- Car door are designed such that if you rip on it, it will fall off, giving you more space to extricate the patient.
- Simple access: a way to access the patient without using specialized tools.
- Complex access: a way to access the patient that requires the use of specialized tools.