We are all so excited to get outside after winter and the 2020 Summer of Quarantine. Let’s prepare to be safe this summer with some Basic First Aid Training. You can get training in-person or online. Although it’s hard to predict when and where, we all know that accidents and disasters can happen. Since the first few minutes following an accident or injury are crucial, being prepared and properly trained can save lives. Be Well Solutions encourages everyone to learn basic first aid in order to offer assistance until trained first responders arrive.
In addition to the training, a well-stocked first aid and disaster preparedness kit allows us to respond quickly and effectively. Check your first aid and disaster preparedness supplies regularly, to make sure they are working properly and are up to date. During an emergency, remember to call 911 for help. The professionals can then walk you through what to do over the phone until appropriate assistance arrives.
Basic First Aid is Easy to Learn!
The American Red Cross offers Basic First Aid courses, as well as more advanced training in CPR, Water Safety and many other topics.
Find a Red Cross class near you or online. Taking time to get certified is a great way to ensure you are prepared in an emergency! If you are unable to attend a Basic First Aid class, we found a number of good reviews on YouTube. Visit YouTube.com and search “basic first aid training video”. Remember – watching videos does not replace a true First Aid course.
Build a First Aid Kit
The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
- 2 absorbent compression dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 emergency blanket
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 – 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- Emergency First Aid guide