First Aid tips for the Christmas holidays

Tis the season where all the usual routines go out the window.  Whether you’re packing the kids up for a camping trip, attending Christmas parties or just having a heap of friends over for a BBQ, things can sometimes unfortunately go awry.

Here’s three tips to help ensure,  no matter where you are going or what you are doing, that your holidays will be safe:

Allocate a ‘responsible’ adult: This is the most fool-proof way for preventing incidents, having someone constantly supervising.  Whether it’s a group of you out on the boat fishing with friends, being the designated driver for a work Christmas party or supervising all the kids in the pool at a BBQ.  Having one person solely allocated to keeping a watch on things, will make an enormous impact when it comes to preventing possible accidents. If possible, just rotate responsibility so there’s not one person missing out on all the fun!

Drink lots of water: Dehydration is one of the most common conditions that paramedics and first aid officers treat throughout the Summer months. So keep your water levels up. Especially if you are out and about in the heat of the day.

Keep your First Aid skills up-to-date: If you attended a first aid course five years ago, your skills will be not be up-to-date or fresh in your head.  By attending one of our regular First Aid Accident and Emergency first aid refresher courses, you will not only be informed on new first aid techniques but have the chance to practice your newly learned skills in a hands-on environment. Encourage work colleagues, family and friends to also up-date their First Aid skills or attend their first First Aid course.  The more people that have the knowledge, the more chances that help will be on hand if needed. It may even be you that needs the help?

For more information on our First Aid courses, visit our First Aid Courses page or contact our Gold Coast head office.

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