Protect Your Kids …With A Safety Suit?
Did you know that 1 in 3 people won’t help someone in need of first aid treatment in case they get sued? 63% of those surveyed* also said that they wouldn’t help someone who was sick because they felt they didn’t know enough about how to care for them!
Charities in the UK are calling for compulsory first aid lessons to be taught in all British schools. This comes at a time when many people feel that adherence to health and safety rules has become overly zealous and prevents people from volunteering their time to help their own communities.
Although 98% of parents believe that it is important to learn first aid skills, only about 51% have learned any practical life saving procedures during the last 3 years.
It’s important for children to play outside and experience nature but equally important that those who care for them know how to look after them if they have an accident. First aid skills can be learned by people of all ages and as families feel the burden of childcare costs, and rely on Grandparents to help look after the kids, it’s important that we renew our knowledge of what to do in an emergency and whether we need additional backup from medical professionals.
Teaching the whole family about first aid and life saving skills should be on everyone’s to-do list. It offers peace of mind, a freedom to enjoy life but to know what to do if someone needs help.
Nearly half of all Mothers questioned said “No” when they were asked if they were happy for their child to go on a cycle ride with some friends. This fear of a lack of safety is keeping children indoors and depriving everyone of the room to grow and learn new skills. Learning effective CPR and First Aid skills isn’t difficult or expensive and in many cases can be offered through workplace schemes, charitable organisations, schools and sports facilities.
By giving first aid education, you enable people to have peace of mind and take some control over their environment. Four areas of essential first aid that are easy to learn about are:
- How to help someone who is choking
- How to treat a burn
- What to do if someone is bleeding heavily from a wound
- How to treat a sprain or strain
Teaching First Aid to adults can be tricky as role play is required and usually plenty of giggling is a sign of their lack of confidence. With children the difficulty in teaching is often their understanding of the gravity of the situation. Most won’t have enough life experience to know how important these life saving skills are. But teaching both adults and children in a way that has relevance to their own lives and daily routines makes the job easier and more rewarding for everyone.
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*survey carried out by ICM for St John’s Ambulance