Belmont, Perth,

Pack first aid this long weekend

St John Ambulance WA has prepared some simple advice to ensure Western Australians remain safe and well over this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Paramedics and staff at the State Operations Centre anticipate they will be kept busy over the three day break, with large celebrations expected during the AFL Grand Final, in addition to the start of the school holidays and the Perth Royal Show.

St John Ambulance Metropolitan Ambulance General Manager James Sherriff said having a well-stocked first aid kit and knowledge of how to use it was a great thing whether you were staying near home or heading away.

“First aid kits should always include paracetamol, band-aids, bandages, sunscreen and antiseptic cream,” Mr Sherriff said.

“Think about where you are traveling to and adapt your first aid kit accordingly. For example, if you’re camping, pack burn cream and treatment for bites and stings, or if you’re heading outdoors, add electrolytes.”

He said even if you are going away just for one night pack your medication, including treatments for hay-fever, asthma, diabetes and anaphylaxis.

And Mr Sherriff said keep your fluid intake up to ensure you remain hydrated.

“As the weather heats up, triple zero (000) calls for heat-stroke or dehydration increase. Especially if you’re drinking alcohol, make sure you keep up your water intake.”

Mr Sherriff said holiday periods were especially busy for St John as people tended to take part in higher risk leisure activities such as riding quad bikes and motorbikes, diving and boating.

"We also ask that people are aware of their location and have access to communication, through mobile phone, satellite phone or ePIRB, to ensure they can access an emergency response," he said.

"Most importantly we want people to be safe."

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