Firefighters in Pennsylvania face many risks while working. Firefighters have to work in very hazardous conditions that increase the chances of suffering a serious or fatal workplace injury. The dangers of being a firefighter are pretty well-known. That is why it may surprise many people to hear that traffic accidents are a serious safety hazards for firefighters.
Smoke inhalation, burns and other physical injuries are common safety hazards for firefighters. However, a new report shows that firefighters also face risks for injury or death when responding to and returning from calls. The United States Fire Administration reported that roughly 25 percent of on-duty firefighter deaths happen when they are going to and returning from an emergency.