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Auto Accident Tips

Every year thousands of people die in the first few minutes after a car crash. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the first people on the scene knew what to do.

Here are a few tips:

1) Put on emergency flashers

Pull beyond the accident and turn your flashers on. This calls attention to you but also keeps you out of the way of emergency crews.

2) Call for help if possible

Know the exact location when you call and be sure to stay online until the emergency dispatcher hangs up. If you are needed to administer first aid tell someone else to call for help.

3) Turn off the ignition of all vehicles

This simply reduces the risk of fire. Remember to check for spilled gasoline or downed power lines before approaching the accident.

4) Do not make things worse

If the victims are awake and conscious tell them not to move. Remember: Never move a victim unless there is an immediate, life-threatening danger such as fire, leaking fuel or rising water.

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