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Are You Prepared For An Emergency?
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Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

Are you fully prepared for an emergency situation should one happen in your home, office or work premises? Do you know what your obligations are under the regulations if you are an employer or business owner?

Every house, automobile, shop and office should have a well stocked first aid kit on the premises. if you run your own business you have a legal requirement to look after your employees and would be expected to provide access to not only a kit but also those trained in how to use it. You should nominate someone whose job it is to look after the first aid kit, making sure it is replenished and that it doesn’t contain any items that have passed their sell by date. You can make up your own first aid kit or buy a properly stocked kit from the American Red Cross or similar organizations. The container must be waterproof to protect the contents.

You should make sure that the kit contains some alcohol rub for washing hands, band aids, bandages in a variety of types and sizes, a scissors, tweezers and some adhesive tape. You will need some sterile wipes for cleaning cuts and grazes. You may also want to stock some antiseptic and some antihistamine cream in case of insect bites.

If you are stocking a kit for a car, you should also put in a blanket, torch and whistle just in case an accident occurs when you are away from home. The blanket will protect against shock and also provide warmth if you cannot stay in the care. Don't forget to make sure the torch has working batteries.

Hopefully all you will ever have to deal with is some minor cuts and bruises but when you have a family or are responsible for other people such as employees you cannot be too careful. In addition to having a well stocked first aid kit, you should ensure that as many of your employees or family members have achieved their CPR certification and first aid training as possible. Nobody wants to think of an emergency involving their business or family but these things happen. It is best to be prepared especially as you do not get any prior notice of a cardiac arrest. You may find your kids have learned these skills at school or at camp if they are members of the Scouts or other youth clubs. The American Heart Association or American Red Cross will train children on CPR to help prevent sudden cardiac death so long as they are old enough to understand the instructions and have the physical strength needed to do chest compressions.


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