Stock your first aid kit for holidays
Christmas is a fantastic time of year for families but the holiday season also brings with it a range of dangers that can result in injury according to St John Ambulance WA.
Burns from barbecues and falls from new bikes and scooters are common and St John business services manager Greg Massam said families should be prepared and have a well stocked first aid kit.
Mr Massam said St John recommends people buy and regularly restock a first aid kit, and store it in a safe, cool place out of reach of children.
“Most kits will have approximately a two year shelf life. Over time you may have used items, damaged items as well as expired items, so we recommended you audit and replenish your kit regularly,” Mr Massam said.
“Injuries occur more frequently during summer holidays so having a fully stocked first aid kit can stand you in good stead.
“Some important items to consider would include dressings and bandages for such injuries as falls or sprained ankles, ointments to treat insect stings and paracetamol for pain relief.”
Mr Massam said every family should also have at least one person trained in first aid.
“First aid saves lives – it’s that simple and we really encourage all families to learn life-saving techniques with St John,” he said.
To purchase a first aid kit or first aid supplies:
• Visit http://www.ambulance.net.au/content.asp?id=101
• Visit the St John shop at 209 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont (off Lapage St).
• In regional areas, local St John Ambulance sub centres can supply first aid kits and items for restocking.