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Published October 11th 2015
First Aid Knowledge can be a Lifesaver
Have you completed a First Aid Training course recently? It is surprisingly inexpensive (less than $100) and it could be the best investment you can make. Do your children know what to do in an emergency?
With everyone leading crazy busy lives, it is possible that one day you are going to be the first person to arrive at an emergency situation. Wouldn't it be good to have some knowledge of what to do? Of course, we do know to phone 000 and we also probably know that we will then speak to someone who will give you some guidance if needed. It would also be extremely helpful to have some skills and training prior to the event.
We all will have much more confidence in dealing with an emergency if we have the training, so it is a good idea for everyone to do a First Aid Course. As well as St John's, and Red Cross there are now many private accredited organisations offering courses, and there is probably one in your local area.
There are also programs through Red Cross especially for children between 11 and 15 years of age. Children who join organisations such as Guides and Scouts learn First Aid as part of their program, but those who do not participate in these or similar groups, miss out on learning these valuable skills.
First Aid Kit
Parents certainly should train their children to phone 000 and know what to say, and make sure that they know their name and address and even phone number. There are stories in the press from time to time of young children being very brave and making lifesaving decisions and phone calls. Read this story here about a five-year-old boy and his phone call to save his mother.
Contents of First Aid Kit
Do you have a First Aid kit in your home? In your car? Think about it. You never know if you will need it. Don't forget to check it from time to time as some items may need replacing due to age or deterioration.
If you haven't done a First Aid Course or need to update – give a thought to doing so. Check Google for an accredited course near you.
When I bought my new car several years ago, I was given a First Aid Kit (pictured), and luckily have only had to use it for minor abrasions on grandchildren. However, I have confidence in knowing that it is always in my car.
Good advice Di. I did a first aid course a while back as my husband and I were travelling the Australian outback. Just in case. Fortunately I didn;t need the skills I learned but I feel much more at ease now knowing I could assist if need be.