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Physical injuries from animals

Hazard Knowledge

Animals may be encountered at any incident; their presence and behaviour may have an impact on the incident, or on the emergency responders in attendance. Animals may present hazards such as:  

  • Obstructing emergency responders
  • Physical injuries, including:
    • Crush injuries
    • Puncture wounds
    • Cuts, bruises and abrasions
    • Stings or bites, which could be venomous or cause anaphylaxis

For information regarding diseases and infections caused by animals, such as zoonoses, see Diseases and infections.  

For information regarding biohazards, including the presence of dead animals, see Biological hazards

For information regarding rescuing or evacuating animals see National Operational Guidance: Incidents involving animals