Throughout your security guard training program, you were likely taught many techniques and tips to remain safe throughout your shift. However, just as any job, the longer you work as a security guard, the easier it becomes to slack at certain responsibilities and tasks you feel are no longer challenging or are able to be completed on “autopilot.”
While this may not be a huge issue for many career options, as a security guard, doing so can result in serious harm to yourself or to others. Therefore, in an attempt to prevent from lacking in the safety department of your job, we’ve created the following safety tips universally applicable for all security guards, regardless of industry.
Always Remain Aware of Your Surroundings
Perhaps one of the most important safety tips to remember when working as a security guard is to remain continuously aware of your surroundings. Not only should you know the area you work in as well as the back of your hand, you should also remain vigilante to know all happenings occurring throughout the premises. Being acutely aware of your surroundings you train your brain to catch instances, persons and activities that are outside of the normal day-to-day activities.
The biggest mistake a security guard can make that affects his safety and the safety of those around him is daydreaming or drifting off in thought. Now is not the time to think about what you’ll have for dinner or what you’ll do on your off day. In these fleeting moments of disconnection, you could potentially miss a significant threat occurring right under your nose.
Quick to React
Another essential safety tip applicable to all security guards is being quick to react to all situations. While every potential threat may not be an actual threat, the only way to fully understand this is to actually respond to every incident as quickly as possible. Because of this, many security guards actively enroll in aerobic and endurance training exercises. While you may see overweight security guards, these are exceptions. You should strive to become as physically capable as possible to truly eliminate the possibility of endangering yourself and others by being unable to react as quickly as possible.
Create a Plan for Every Situation
A security guard without a plan is nothing more than an overpaid civilian. Regardless of the situation or what may be occurring, you should strive to create a plan for literally every type of situation. It’s only when you have a solid plan that you’re able to truly create an atmosphere of safety and security.
Your training program should have taught you the importance of tedious planning. You should have a plan capable of protecting your safety and the safety of others as quickly as possible. As part of the plan, you must know where all exits are and what the safety protocols are as outlined by your employer. The clearer a plan, the more secure the premises is.