Looking at our past causes us to consider those who enabled us to arrive (and remain) where we are today. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we not only remember the early heroes who fought for our freedom and rights, but we also honor the silent men and women who face danger every day to provide us with a safe present and future. Often without our knowing it, firefighters and other servicemen have made the world a safer place, and, like our early fathers, they risk their independence to ensure ours.
As a tribute to these brave men and women, we’d like to share some things that you probably didn’t know about firefighters:
- They are human, too.
Some of us have a superhero conception of firefighters who barrel into blazing fires and jump back out unscathed, but the truth is, the constant stress of survival wears on their physical bodies. Not only do they experience intestinal issues due to fight-or-flight hormones suppressing their digestive systems, but they also endure muscular and skeletal pain from intense adrenaline reactions, even when no injuries exist. As EMTs, they encounter contagious diseases on a regular basis, and over periods of time, firefighters are several times more likely to contract various kinds of cancer due to smoke inhalation and skin absorption.
- They emotionally react to trauma.
No firefighter likes to receive a call about a five-car pile-up on the freeway. Medical emergencies weigh on them physically and emotionally, and they often experience psychological repercussions, especially difficulty sleeping.
- They need exercise and lots of water.
While most of society realizes they should exercise, for firefighters it is absolutely crucial in order to burn off extra adrenaline. Without that stress release, firefighters cannot calm down. Foot massages and water also help them relax.
The above points barely skim the surface of everything firefighters face daily. This 4th of July, how about helping them out for a change? Keep them safe by taking extra strict precautions with fireworks and barbecues. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and ready at all times, and clear all fire-pit areas of hazards.
If you do experience smoke or fire damage this upcoming holiday, call Rainbow International Restoration once the firefighters have done their jobs; then we’ll do ours. You can visit our website for more information about our Fort Collins fire damage cleanup here (http://911rainbow.com/services/fire-restoration-and-smoke-removal/).