Airline Safety 101 says. “Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Good idea? You bet! It is common sense to ask “Am I safe?”. Not only will these 3-words help you secure your Personal Safety while inflight, they will also help you secure your safety when managing conflict.
Police, medical, fire, rescue, military and every other team of
First Responders follow a Personal Safety protocol.
The obvious reason is because “it works”. Sound flippant, but it is true. Imagine if all the firemen went running into the burning building without taking care of their own safety and then they had to be rescued too!
Oh dear – Right?
After all, It serves no one to if you become unable to assist others, because you didn’t ask, “Am I safe?”
Avoid reacting and letting your emotions guide you.
Professionals “Act” in response to a crisis.
People who forsake their own personal safety, rely on those of us who think “Am I safe?” and secure personal safety first.
Yes, it is an antiquated notion to think that one should forsake their own personal safety in order to help others. So let’s move on and find out what to do after you ask, “Am I Safe?”
By asking, “Am I safe?” we set into motion the Response Protocol (find out more on the Protocol via the link to Curriculum) that not only provides leadership, but also measurable steps to create scene safety.
Here is the basic of the Personal Safety steps to take within the Response Protocol:
If you are not safe, how can you assist another person and help them gain safety?
Listen to this podcast episode and find out how to make yourself safe.