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|Common sense - is it all that common?
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Common sense - is it all that common?
When you think about common sense it should be easy enough to look at your actions or your future actions and ask yourself is this the right thing to do or what are the consequences of my actions. It continues to astound me the that people do not take these few seconds to evaluate what they are doing.
In my role as a professional fire fighter I see the lack of common sense everyday. I see many examples of what people know is common sense but actively take on the attitude of “it will not happen to me” or “what I am doing will not hurt anyone”.
Here are just a few examples of what I see and it still amazes me that people cannot look beyond the next few seconds to the consequences of their actions.
One of the roles we perform on a daily basis as a fire fighter is to assist at motor accidents. We will regularly need to close off part of the road using road cones or our truck to give the emergency crews a safe working environment. This unfortunately means that some motorists will be inconvenienced by this road closure for a short period of time. What never ceases to amaze me is that some motorists do not feel that the road cones or the blocked road relates to them and they will squeeze their way into the accident scene rather than waiting or going around, then they act all innocent when confronted.
Recently we were responded to a local man burning off rubbish and grass in the front of his house. It was a hot summers day, the grass was long, the neighbours houses very close and limited fire fighting tools on back-up. As we approached we could see the smoke billowing so knew this could be bad. Our sirens were roaring as we approached but the man continued to light up parts of his front lawn. When we arrived he tried to tell us that it was OK but we quickly informed him both verbally and as we extinguished the flames that it was not OK. His neighbours did not appreciate his stupidity and were giving him more of a serve than we or the police gave him, after all it was their properties and health that we has putting in danger. His reason for lighting it up was that his lawn mover was not working. He is lucky that he did not burn down his or a neighbours house.
Other example is when we are at a motor accident and people are more interested in seeing what has happened and do not pay attention to the road and end up causing another accident right outside the original accident scene.
We were responded to a smoke alarm ringing in an apartment block and upon arrival noticed a strong smell of smoke coming from the locked apartment. We forced entry into the apartment and found the owner fast asleep on his lounge and a very burnt sausage on the grill. Two things amazed me about this incident. Firstly the neighbours reported that the smoke alarm had been going for a couple of hours and no one did anything about it. Secondly was the man inside his apartment was oblivious to how deadly the situation could have been not only for himself but for his neighbours.
Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives but many people can go a few seconds without having to check their e-mail or respond to a text message. I have seen people ‘texting’ while driving and oblivious to what is going on around them and the possible dangers they are putting people in. What did we ever do before mobile phones?
Everyone has lapses in concentration from time to time but, not only as Christmas approaches, at all times, it is important to look forward and take responsibility for our actions. Slow down and don’t be in so much of a rush, enjoy your time with your family and friends.
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