While we don’t like to think about the possibility of a fire in our homes or places of work, one...
While we don’t like to think about the possibility of a fire in our homes or places of work, one has to be vigilant and...
The first thing to do in case of emergency or a fire is to contact emergency services, no doubt. But, they might take a while...
Knowing CPR can save someone’s life. If you have never attended CPR training before, you should think about going. If you have gone, and you need a bit of a refresher course, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll give you some expert tips on how to practice CPR in the case of an emergency.
#1: Phone the Authorities
Firstly, you’ll need to call 911. It’s important to note that in most cases, adults will suffer from cardiac arrest and children and infants from respiratory arrest. Call 911 while you are busy performing CPR and put your phone on speaker while you are busy.
#2: Start the Basics
You need to find the line where the nipples are, and then move down just a smidgen. From here, you have to perform about 30 compressions and give two breaths. Continue the process until the person starts breathing again. Be careful not to press on the ribs and focus on the breastbone.
#3: The Hands-Only Technique
You can use the hands-only technique when performing arrest on adults and young children. This means you’ll perform chest compressions at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This will ensure that the blood continues to flow.
#4: Mouth-to-Mouth Technique
When performing compression on infants, use the mouth-to-mouth technique. You can however use it on adults and children too. When performing CPR on infants, you’ll have to breathe into the nose and the mouth. On adults and children, be sure to pinch the nose and be sure that the chest expands.
#5: Different Pressure Techniques
The pressure technique you use will depend on the age of the patient. If you are performing CPR on an adult, you’ll use the palms of both your hands. When doing CPR on an infant, you’ll use index and middle fingers to compress the chest, and with children, you’ll use only one palm.
#6: Keep to the Beat of ‘Stayin Alive’
As noted earlier, chest compressions should be given at rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This is coincidentally the same beat as the Bee Gees hit single “Stayin Alive”. Not sure how the beat goes? Simply count like this: “one and two and three and four”.
#7: Repeat and Continue
Following these basic steps, continue until the patient starts breathing by himself or until the medics arrive at the scene. Remember to remain calm and focus on the basic steps you should take when performing CPR, and you should do fine.
Are you ready to perform CPR when disaster strikes? We hope these tips have refreshed your mind and that you will now be able to remain calm and stick to these basics. Who knows, you might be able to save someone’s life by doing CPR.
While we don’t like to think about the possibility of a fire in our homes or places of work, one has to be vigilant and aware of these dangers. It is your responsibility to ensure your loved ones or employees are safe and that you have taken necessary action to minimize the risk of a fire breaking out.
In this article we’ll take a look at seven precautions you can take to make your home or office fireproof.
1. Install Smoke and Fire Detectors
Smoke and fire detectors are perfect if you live or work in a bigger building. These should be placed near doors, in every room and on every floor. In the case that a fire breaks out in the middle of the night, you’ll be able to get to safety in time.
2. Keep an Eye on Wiring
Electrical fires are considered to be fatal and the most dangerous. Be sure to keep a hand on all the wiring in and around the house or office. Frayed wires may pose as a fire hazard and should be attended to once you have noticed it.
3. Be Mindful in the Kitchen
Whether you cook with gas or electricity, fires are more likely to start in the kitchen where we work with heat. Never leave the kitchen while cooking and be careful when cooking with oil. Children should be supervised in the kitchen and not allowed to get close to the oven or grill.
4. Buy Fire Extinguishers
It’s best to have more than one fire extinguisher, even better is to have one for every room in the house or office. This ensures you’ll have one nearby no matter what the situation or when the fire breaks out. Remember to include the garage and attic when buying extinguishers.
5. Teach Kids About Fire
Children are curious about fire, flames, matches and will always try to investigate. Be sure to educate your children, teach them the escape route and don’t allow them to use cooking appliances, matches, lighters or anything that’s intended for use by adults.
6. Be a Responsible Smoker
If you can, rather quit smoking altogether. But, to prevent a fire risk, be sure to smoke outside and not indoors. Avoid smoking indoors if there is someone who use oxygen. Finally, always make sure that the cigarette is dead before leaving.
7. Have Escape Points
You should have more than one escape points that is easily accessible from multiple points of the house or office. Once you have established the exit points, show your family or employees what to do in the case of an emergency evacuation.
There will be of course cases where you won’t be able to prevent a disaster to strike. You are however able to ensure your house or office is free of fire hazards, and that you have accessible escape points. Being prepared is much better than not being aware of a possible fire hazard or what to do in the case that a fire breaks out.
Being prepared for when there is a fire in your office is very important, or even if it is in a public space like a mall or a cinema. There are specific precautions you can take and tips you can follow to help you survive the smoke and get as far away from the flames as possible.
In this article we’ll give you some handy pointers on what to do in the case of such an emergency. Be sure always to call the fire department first.
1. Identify the Fire Exits
Wherever you find yourself, always ask about the location of fire exits, if they are not marked, request this to be done. Be sure you know where you will be able to escape in the case of an emergency.
2. Call the Fire Department
As soon as you have established that there is in fact a fire, call the fire department. Give them the address and make sure you know where to go. The sooner you call them, the sooner they’ll be on scene.
3. Exit the Building
Make your way towards the exits. If there is no visible smoke, walk. If the building is filled with smoke, crawl to the nearest exit. The key is to avoid breathing in too much of the smoke.
4. Avoid Elevators
Think it’ll be a quick escape? Think again! Elevators are likely to malfunction in the case of a serious fire. Avoid going to the nearest elevator and stick to the stairs. You don’t want to get stuck in a burning building!
5. Wet Clothing and Towels
If you end up going to the bathroom, wet clothes or towels and put them over your nose. Use some wet cloths to put over any openings in the door or window frames. This will reduce the smoke in the room.
6. Don’t Break Windows
We understand that more than anything else, you want to get out to safety. Breaking windows is however not the best way. Air can feed the flames and smoke, making matters far worse.
7. Remain Calm
Most importantly, you need to remain calm. If you start to panic, you may do something that could lead to tragedy. Remain calm and composed, and focus on getting to your nearest exit.
The most important thing to takeaway here is always to remain calm when in an emergency situation. Even though it is not easy, staying calm will be the deciding factor when you find yourself in a life or death situation.
So, you are called out to a scene where you need to resuscitate a child and calm his mother down, take them to the local ER and ensure everything runs smoothly and that the situation is under control. It could be easy to lose your cool, run around and get lost in the chaos.
The problem with this approach is that you are more likely to make mistakes if you are not focused and calm. In this post we take a look at our top four tips on how to remain calm and bring order to chaotic scenes.
1. Follow Step sequence
Whether you have practiced a million times how to resuscitate a patient on a dummy or have done so in emergency cases, going through the motion with your partner before you reach the scene is important. Discuss who is responsible for doing what, and fall into play once you reach the scene.
2. Show Compassion
No doubt you will have to face a distraught parent, brother or grandparent sometime in your career. Even though your goal is to save a life by ensuring the patient is taken care of, you also have to show that you care to those standing by. A little bit of compassion has never gotten in the way of getting the job done!
3. Command Presence
You may come across an instance where you have to deal with a stubborn patient, it comes with the territory. But it is not up to them to make decisions that could end up saving their lives, that’s up to you. Remain calm and instruct them what you need them to do, as politely as possible.
4. Remain Calm
No one can do what is needed under pressure when they are frantic. The key to getting things done to the best of your ability is to stay calm and composed. If possible, approach every situation with a sense of humor. EMTs who are calm and composed can do their jobs much better than those who start to panic.
The key to helping save lives is to know what you are doing, it takes skill but also calmness, some compassion and of course the ability to take control of the situation. We wish you all the best of luck in your career.
The first thing to do in case of emergency or a fire is to contact emergency services, no doubt. But, they might take a while to reach you. Each situation will call a different approach or action, and it is more important to know whether or not you will be able to eliminate the risk instead of putting yourself or your loved ones in danger.
In this post we share some tips on how to extinguish three different types of fires. Keep in mind that if things are out of control, it’s best left to professional firefighters. Let’s get started.
#1: Gas Fires
Firstly, the gas needs to be shut off. Smother the fire with a rug, or using a fire extinguisher. Next, you will have to open windows and ensure there is enough ventilation to let all the gas come out. If everything is under control, call your local fire department and ask them to check all the gas pipes to ensure there is no danger of leaks.
#2: Cooking Fires
Switch off the stove and close the pan or pot with a lid. If this does not help, use baking soda or a fire extinguisher to douse flames. Keep the oven closed if the fire is in the oven, this will smother the flames, or you could throw baking soda over food. Never move the pot or pan as this will cause oil to spatter and the fire to spread. Refrain from using a fan or water.
#3: Heating Fires
If the fire is in the fireplace or your stovepipe is red you should contact the fire department immediately. Immediately switch off water heaters, radiators or furnaces. In the case of electrical heating, smother the flames. If it’s gas, you can only use water or a Type A extinguisher. For fireplaces, you can use baking soda, a Type A extinguisher or water when the fire is in the chimney.
We would however strongly advise to call the fire department should you be unsuccessful in your first attempt to extinguish the fire. Rather think of the lives of your loved ones and your own life than try to play hero. These techniques are however suitable for small house fires that can be easily put out and controlled by yourself.