While having a good thorough knowledge of first aid and its procedures and benefits is advised, some simple tips regarding your home and workplace will greatly reduce the amount of accidents and expedite the rescue of an individual should an accident occur. One important step is to know the location and the contents of the first aid kits. Searching while in a panic state for the right first aid kit will cause confusion and reduce the time to aid the injured party. While most first aid kids carry the same basic equipment, more advanced equipment may be placed elsewhere. In addition to knowing where the equipment are, knowing how to properly use the equipment is essential to any scenario. Keeping all supplies up to date is exceedingly important as your training focuses on proper equipment.
In this post, Winnipeg First Aid would like to emphasize the importance of confined spaces. These areas are not safe to work and should be avoided if possible. In such locations, these areas are likely to be ventilated poorly. Whether it be chemicals or just books, storing such goods in a confined area will result in an atmosphere that will be low in oxygen. Proper oxygen levels are needed for the homeostasis of the body which is why some individuals feel sick at high elevations. If one feels dizzy while in a confined space, it is recommended to seek an area with well ventilated space or fresh air. In addition to low levels of oxygen, a confined space may contain toxic or flammable gases. If an individual breathes such fumes, they may cause irreversible damage to human cells in extreme cases. Proper training in accredited courses are recommended before handling chemicals that one is not familiar with. If in doubt, ask a trained professional for advice on disposing or even moving chemicals that may be dangerous to your health. It is highly recommended that if you do plan to work in a confined area to ask questions ahead of time.
- Do you require any special respiratory protection ?
- Do you have your required workplace approved CPR training?
- Do other individuals know you will be entering this space and will you have constant communication with the individual who is outside the confined area?
- Do you know the location and contents of the first aid equipment?
Winnipeg First Aid would like to emphasize the importance of safety in both home and work place environments. It is essential that accidents be avoided with proper training and enlisting in courses that are invaluable to both the individuals and the coworkers around them.