First aid: be prepared!
How well prepared are you for those 101 accidents that might occur around the home?
Knowing your way around at least some first aid is a blessing at the best of times. If you are a family going out less and self-isolating at home at the moment, there is the chance you might suffer more accidents around the house. Your knowledge of first aid could prove a lifesaver.
Honing your first aid skills
Charities the Red Cross and St John Ambulance have long-established training centres, open to the public or prepared to come to your place of work to run a first aid or health and safety course for your staff.
Any number of private organisations also offer training in first aid – again, on your work premises or in their own facilities.
In-person training such as this is seriously compromised as more and more firms send staff home to work, and more people are forced to self-isolate. St John Ambulance, for instance, has suspended all its public training courses until at least the 1st of June.
First aid training online
As with much of the rest of life, training in first aid has also switched to online methods.
The Red Cross, for example, offers a choice of two free apps that give you immediate first aid advice in the event of an accident or emergency:
First aid app
- the first aid app can teach you simple, step by step responses to a range of common situations requiring first aid;
- there are tips and guides on preparing for possible emergencies, together with instructive videos and interactive quizzes;
Baby and child first aid app
- this app takes a similar approach to prepare you for any first aid you might need to take for babies and children.
The ever-popular medium of YouTube is also pressed into service when it comes to easy to access first aid training videos – made by charities, self-help groups and professional training services.
Your first aid kit
Training may be the key to being prepared for giving first aid, but it’s just as important to have an appropriately well-stocked first aid kit to go with it. So, what should be kept in that box marked “First Aid”?
The NHS offers a helpful list for stocking a basic first aid kit. The list includes many of the items you might expect – such as sticking plasters, bandages and dressings – but also some you might otherwise overlook. For extra peace of mind, you might also want to keep close to the first aid kit itself an instruction booklet or first aid manual.
While thinking about the kit to keep at home, you might also want to spare a thought for a travel first aid kit – to keep in the car, for example. The contents are likely to be very similar, though it pays to give particular attention to the needs of any children who may be travelling with you. The website First Aid for Life suggests the ten essential items to include in your travel first aid kit.
This data is correct as at the time of writing.