This video demonstrates one possible set of actions to take on arriving at the scene of an accident.
Arriving at the scene of an accident
When arriving at the scene of a traffic accident, stop at a safe location and turn on the hazard lights on your car. Ensure your own safety, beware of any airbags that may yet be triggered in the accident vehicle.
Calling for help
Call for help: dial the emergency number 112. When you are connected to the emergency response centre, put the phone on speaker mode, and follow the instructions of the dispatcher.
112 Suomi mobile app
It is best to use the 112 Suomi mobile app to call for help. Through the mobile app, the emergency response centre is automatically notified of the location of the event and help can get there faster.
Assess the situation
Assess the accident scene and the number of victims. A victim screaming in pain may attract all the attention, leaving a quiet, unconscious victim unnoticed.
- Save those immediately at risk, while careful of any yet undeployed airbags on the accident vehicle
- Open the airways
- Place an unconscious victim to the recovery position on their side, apply CPR to the unresponsive
- Stop heavy bleeding
- Protect accident victims, cover them against the cold (e.g. using spare clothes) and monitor their condition