Health & Safety Tips

Personal information to have on hand if you need EMS

  • Name, social security number, birth date

  • Medical history

  • A list of current medications

While waiting for an ambulance

  • Listen to any directions given by dispatch

  • Clear a pathway to the patient

  • Turn on outdoor lights if an emergency occurs at nighttime

  • Have a list of personal information and medications available

Allergic Reactions

  • For seasonal allergies, an over-the-counter allergy medicine usually soothes symptoms

  • If breathing becomes difficult and your throat begins to swell shut, call 9-1-1 immediately

  • Have an EpiPen on hand if you have severe allergic reactions

Know CPR

  • Take a course in CPR so that you can be prepared if a cardiac arrest occurs

  • Step 1: Check for a pulse and breathing - if there is no pulse or breaths are extremely slow gasps, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately

  • Step 2: Remove shirt and begin chest compressions 

  • Step 3: Push hard and push fast - 100 continuous compressions per minute is advised

  • Sign up for a CPR class here to become certified

First Aid for minor burns

  • A minor burn includes redness similar to sunburn, pain, blisters and an area no larger than 3 inches in diameter

  • Hold the minor burn under cool water or apply a cool, wet towel

  • After the burn is cooled, apply a lotion with aloe vera or moisturizer 

  • Bandage the burn with a loose sterile gauze 

  • For major burns, see a doctor or dial 9-1-1

Stop the Bleed

  • If someone is stabbed with a knife or sharp object, or receives a gunshot wound, dial 9-1-1 and act fast

  • To stop the bleed, fill the wound with clean gauze or cloth and wrap it securely

  • If bleeding is continuous or heavy, tie a tourniquet several inches above the wound - if you don't have a tourniquet, use a belt or wide strap of thick fabric to tie around the arms or legs of the victim

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