Topic has been somewhat inspired by the recent tragic death during a trash the dress shoot in Quebec that has been in the news, and the bear mauling a few days ago, but also a few other comments I have seen around the forums in the last few weeks.
Do you consider risks and safety issues as a photographer? Have you tried to prepare yourself to deal with unexpected safety issues and problems that may arise during your work/hobby?
Have you taken first aid training, and/or ensure you have an emergency kit at hand?
How careful are you with things like considering the placement of your flashes and the risks of fire? Does such a thing ever cross your mind?
Things like the popular flour shots carry a risk that a lot of people don't seem to let cross their mind: Loose ground flour is combustible. In a confined space it can even be considered explosive with the right air mixture and ignition source. (I have actually blown open heavy steel doors using flour and an air compressor. Long story, but we were being mostly safe about it and pretended we knew what we were doing.)
Then there are also issues like simply not paying attention to your position in the desire to get the perfect photo. I watched someone down town a few days ago trying to frame a photo of the confederation centre of the arts in Charlottetown back themselves, step by step, right into traffic. I've seen other people nearly walk off cliffs with their eye glued into their viewfinder.
So, what safety issues do you try to think of when shooting, and what kind of issues have you encountered so far?