Tis' the Season to be Cautious

A cocktail of excitement, stress, tiredness and alcohol can create unexpected hazards in the home during Christmas. With a house full of people bursting with excitement, accidents can easily happen forcing the hospital emergency room into its busiest time. To compound the problem, most people don’t know first aid. While the majority of the population said that knowing first aid was important, only 10 per cent of Australia has undertaken a First Aid course in the last three years! Do you have a current First Aid course? Partake in a one-day Provide First Aid course today with Australia Wide First Aid. Here are a few ways to stay safe: Burns: Hot fat, boiling water, and flaming pudding make the kitchen one of the most dangerous places during the Christmas holiday. Try to keep the number of cooks to a small number. A busy kitchen is no place for over excited children. Avoid alcohol until the cooking is finished and wipe up spills as soon as they happen to avoid further burns and falls. Burns can be treated with cool running water for 20 minutes. Try taking the person into the shower or to a flowing hose. Cuts: Cuts most often occur during present opening. Don’t rush! Have a screwdriver or the correct tool ready for when the kids open toys that are screwed into the packaging or that need assembling. This will avoid unnecessary cuts from scissors or knives. Clean up wrapping paper as you go. This will help avoid people falling over toys and electric cables as they rush around with excitement. Don’t forget to recycle. Wipe small wounds with an alcohol wipe and apply an appropriate sized Band-Aid. Swimming Scares: More than 40 per cent of drowning’s occur in the summer months. Ensure there is always parent supervision, the pool gate is secure and a CPR chart can be seen from the pool. It is not only the children who are at risk within the pool. The danger of mixing alcohol and water activities rises due to the false sense of security which occurs after drinking. Unusual risks can be taken such as diving in shallow water which can result in head, neck and spinal injuries. Write down the address and details of your home for your visitors. Place it next to the telephone which will help fasten up things during an emergency. Sprains and Breaks: Buying a helmet and knee/elbow pads as part of the new bikes, scooters, roller blades or skateboards is not an option, it is a must. This will avoid further injuries on the children new toys. For sprains, follow the RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compress
  • Elevate

Stress: Christmas is one of the most stressful times of year. The combination of drink, relatives, lack of sleep, present shopping, cooking and entertaining can be a lot for some people. Try to find some alone time and say “no” to the demands of guests. Make sure everyone has a job to do and the work load isn’t on one person. Alcohol: Not only does alcohol risk your own health, but can be the chief mischief maker when it comes to accidents. Be sure to empty all half empty glasses of alcohol before going to bed. This can avoid the kids drinking the leftovers when they are up early the next morning playing with presents. Indigestion and Food Poisoning: Be sure to read the labels on the Christmas turkey or chicken. Allow hours to prepare and cook your meat. If it is not cooked through, your family and guests could be at risk of salmonella poisoning which can be life-threatening. Indigestion can be avoided by swapping your plate for a smaller size. This will stop you from filling up your plate and continue eating even after you’re full. Don’t eat everything that is on offer. Restrict the amount of chocolate, cakes and nuts you snack on. Save your stomach room for the meat and salads. Australia Wide First Aid wishes you a safe holiday and very Merry Christmas.

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