Health & Safety: Safety Messages

65-2 #75 December 20, 2006

Safety Message #18 - Bad Weather Doesn't Cause Accidents

UFA Health and Safety Officer / Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the Membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. Stay well and stay safe!

The FDNY Safety Bulletin #4, "Bad Weather Doesn't Cause Accidents" states the following:

...By adoption of the following, any unit can nullify these problems to a degree, and assure a safe response.

  1. The necessity for the chauffeur to adjust his driving habits to compensate for the problems caused by the weather and the need for the officer to insure that this is done.
    1. Speed to meet conditions
    2. Be alert to perceived hazards as soon as possible
    3. Properly evaluate hazard and take necessary evasive action
    4. DRIVE DEFENSIVELY 
  2. Anticipate conditions that will be met at various locations in district and pre-plan necessary driving action to overcome these conditions as much as possible.
  3. Consider the possibility of selecting alternate routes that provide safer driving conditions.

    In conclusion, your failure to perceive and properly evaluate the hazard caused by the adverse weather and to take the proper evasive action in your driving causes the vehicle accidents and not the weather.

    BAD WEATHER IS A CHALLENGE TO A PERSON'S DRIVING ABILITY --- NOT THE REASON FOR AN ACCIDENT.

   *Please refer to the full Safety Bulletin #4 and familiarize yourself with its full content. As safety should always remain of utmost importance to our members, please take the time to review previous safety messages and respond accordingly.

Fraternally,

Stephen J. Cassidy
President

Joseph A. Miccio
Recording Secretary