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The man appears to be in his mid-40s, well dressed and of average build. 

Having established there were no apparent dangers (check out tips #1 to #7 for more ideas on checking for dangers) the bystanders tell you they found him in this position and he has not moved since they arrived.

Your next steps are to consider How long has he been there? Is he asleep, drunk, breathing? Is the man RESPONSIVE

To check for a response, maintain a safe distance and:

  1. Where possible, come down to their hearing level.
  2. Call out to the person on the ground. If they do not respond, approach them cautiously, be aware of the position of their head, arms and legs as things that could potentially cause you harm.
  3. Reach out with your arm then firmly grasp and squeeze the shoulder nearest you.
  4. At the same time speak again to the man on the ground asking him, for example, to “open his eyes; or squeeze your hand”.

Your next course of action will be decided by the Response you get to your checks. See tomorrow’s tip to learn more.

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