A few years ago, a group of hikers left on a day-long excursion to the mountains. However, when a storm hit, they weren’t able to return home. During the storm, they lost the trail, and became completely stranded in the woods. Without any supplies, food or water, the hikers had to figure out how to survive, especially since one of their party had been seriously injured during an accident. Though the group was rescued a few days later, the injured member nearly died during the experience. Experts agreed later that if one member of the group had been trained in first aid, they could have provided better care during their survival experience.
First aid training has become widely available to the public over the past few years. It’s also become extremely affordable, especially from public organizations like the American Red Cross. First aid training might not be your top priority right now, but there are many good reasons why you should think about taking a first aid class.
During a natural disaster, you might be cut off from medical care, at least for a short time. By obtaining training in first aid, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be able to provide a basic level of medical care for your family. Also, being trained in first aid can allow you to assist others that may become injured during a natural disaster.
On the chance that someone in your family becomes injured at home, how long are you willing to wait for medical care? By having first aid knowledge, you can have a much better chance of providing care until certified medical help can arrive. If someone in your family has a medical condition (such as diabetes) it’s best to know how to treat complications of their condition. First aid classes can go a long way towards helping you understand how to take care of your family during an emergency situation.
Camping or Hiking Trips
Most families take a vacation during the year, often to a campground or hiking area. If you’re taking your family to an area that won’t have readily available medical care, it’s better if you have at least a basic level of first aid training. You might only have to treat sprained ankles and skinned knees, or you might have to deal with a real medical emergency. Wouldn’t you feel better if you were prepared to deal with any sort of medical situation?
Knowing how to treat even basic injuries can go a long way towards improving your personal safety. Do you know how to treat a puncture wound? How to deal with a poisonous snake bite? What to do if you think you’ve broken a bone? By taking control of your own personal safety, you can improve your chances of a quick recovery from any injury.