It's important to know what you can and should do during a disaster situation. No one wants to think about the possibility of an emergency, but it's better to be prepared than not, especially when you're responsible for someone else who might depend on your quick thinking and knowledge.
In many cases it's a good idea to have everyone from your household attend basic first aid courses. Even if you have no young children in the home, or work in a profession that doesn't involve much in terms of customer care, chances are every adult in the house should at least know what to do in an emergency situation.
Something that everyone should know how to deal with is a burn. Burns can be incredibly serious and even deadly, especially for small children and the elderly.
Knowing what you need to do in the case of a burn, like immediately getting out of the kitchen or home if it happens on an oven or stove top, knowing how to cool off the area, where to find cold compresses and how to do things like clean the burn and remove any clothing that's stuck in it.
There are many different kinds of burns as well, such as sunburns (which is what most people think of when they hear this term), chemical burns (caused by exposure, usually to bleach), steam burns (like when someone accidentally causes steam to burn their face, hands or arms) and electric burns (when you're exposed to an electrical current or electrical device overheats).
It is also important for people to know what to do in the event of a poisoning. If you're not sure what sort of poison is involved, call for help before doing anything else.
For example, if your child is playing with one of those toy phones that has an actual keypad and they swallow one the buttons, use the internet to determine which button was swallowed.
That way you can be certain as to what sort of poison it is and how to treat them. If you're not sure, just call for help without looking anything up first and they'll be able to help you figure out what sort of poisoning has occurred.
It's also essential that everyone knows what to do in the event of an accident or injury, like a broken bone. Depending on where they are when this happens, you might need to know how to set it yourself until you can get them proper medical attention. If you're not sure how to do this, just take one of the
and you'll be able to properly set broken bones.
Unless you're a paramedic, there's no reason you can't take a first aid course if your workplace doesn't have anyone on site who is properly trained to deal with emergencies.
Obviously, it will be beneficial for people to know what to do in the event of burns or other injuries at home as well. There are a lot of people who don't really think about first aid or anything else other than going to the hospital if they're harmed, but hopefully this will change their minds and give them a good reason to take a first aid course.