How To Stay Awake And Stand On Guard.

Security guards are turning out to be more in demand these days, what with the dangerous times people are living. In the United States alone for example, there seems to be a shooting almost on a daily basis. Current times bring to the fore the value of a security officer or security guard. Whereas a police officer’s duty is reactive in nature being a responder to a possible or impending danger, or even a past one, the security guards task has a preventive essence.

Thus the importance of their presence cannot be overstated (as is with some other careers). They are partners of the police force in preserving peace and order in the cities (and elsewhere). And peace is one elusive goal! Security risks are a dime a dozen and round the clock, hence it is no surprise that security personnel have to be on the lookout 24/7, manning shifts divided throughout the day. Day shifts are not a problem, but night shifts require some knowledge of how to stay awake.

Indeed, it is not only the property or people being secured that sleepiness poses a danger to, but the threat to the security person himself. Becoming lax or slow in responding to a security breach as a result of drowsiness can lead to personal injury or worse, death. These type of servicemen are no different from nurses in terms of the way they undergo rotating shifts. There are also times when they have to switch from day to night shift, and as a result work two (2) consecutive shifts at the onset. Like nurses, they also experience sleep deprivation. The trick as always though, is simply knowing how to stay awake especially during those times.

One day in a Florida university campus, a dormitory suddenly caught fire and smoke was coming out of the building when Captain Willie Johnson spotted it. He must have had a sound sleep the night prior because he had a capacity for quick thinking, presence of mind, and the agility to carry out what he did next. He single-handedly rushed to the site, proceeded with the activation of the procedures for emergency response, followed by a grueling door-to door evacuation of occupants totaling forty-eight (48) rooms! As if that wasn’t enough, he created a space for the evacuees to keep them safe. That is certainly someone who knows how to stay awake (and therefore alert) on the job!

Thanks to Willie, nobody was injured or left behind, including himself. Most of the students were still asleep when the fire broke out and it showed in the way they reacted and the way they looked. They looked sleepy and/or uncoordinated. It is safe to assume that were it not for Willie, there might have been casualties. Those students whom he had saved do owe him their lives, and their parents and loved ones will forever be grateful to him. But there are stories that do not end up as happily as Willie’s, unfortunately. Do not take risks. Know how to stay awake. Look up sleep alarms now and save a life. Including yours.