Have you ever seen anyone get hurt and there is a crowd of people standing around doing nothing? That’s most likely because they are not equipped with the proper safety skills to help the victim in these types of emergency situations. As we all know, emergency situations can arise at any moment. They could happen while you are at the office, out running errands, or even in the comfort of your home. This is why it is so important for you to know what to do in these situations. With the right knowledge and skills, you have the potential to save a life.
Unfortunately, few people are educated on what to do in an emergency situation. So, if you want to be able to help out if you ever are in an emergency situation, you will need to start brushing up on a few skills. Here are the safety skills that can help you the most:
By knowing how to perform the “compressions only” procedure, you may be able to help people whose hearts have temporarily stopped beating. At the very least, you can assist them until medical help arrives to take over. Before beginning the procedure, call 911. Now, the premise behind this is pretty simple: Place the heel of one of your hands on the person’s chest, then place the heel of your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers. Press on the person’s chest about two inches deep for about 100 compressions per minute, letting the person’s chest rise completely in between compressions.
Of course, there is a right way and wrong way to do this. Thus, it is best to be trained by a medical professional. These individuals can also show you helpful tips and tricks to perform CPR when you are in a stressful situation.
Put Out a Fire
Even the smallest fire can quickly spread and do quite a bit of damage if you are not careful. This is especially true in your own home. Therefore, it makes sense to learn how to put out a fire anywhere in your house. To start with, though, you need to make sure that you have at least one Herbert Williams fire extinguisher in your home.
Your next focus should be to take fire extinguisher classes. Believe it or not, you may not be able to intuitively use this gear. So, in an emergency, you may not know what to do or use the fire extinguisher incorrectly. To prevent this from happening, get a professional to teach you the right way to hold and use the extinguisher.
Stop Someone from Choking
There is a good chance that you may be around at least one choking individual in your lifetime. After all, most people eat on a rather regular basis. In this case, being informed about how to do the Heimlich maneuver can help to save an individual. To begin with, always slap the person on the back hard at least five times. If you are lucky, this may dislodge the food that is stuck in their airway.
If this doesn’t work, you can proceed to the next step. Here you will have to make a fist and place it above the choking person’s navel, with your thumb pointing in. Then reach around the person and grab your fist with your other hand. Then push inwards and upwards at the same time. Once again, getting expert training on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver is a very good idea.
These are the main safety skills that you should learn about if you want to be prepared for virtually any situation. Doing so should give you peace of mind, as well as the confidence that you can help others in times of emergency.
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