School holidays are just around the corner and with our kids having so much energy, sometimes you think they’ll bring the house down if you don’t get them out and about.
Keeping safety at the forefront of your mind and supervising children in your care these holidays can help you steer clear of emergency situations. While we completely understand the need to let kids blow off a little steam and have some fun these holidays, we’ve put together this School Holiday Special, to help you be better prepared for any emergency!
How to keep kids safe at home
Playing around the house and in the backyard can be great for a child’s imagination and help burn off some of that everlasting energy that they all seem to have.
Appropriate supervision and wearing the right safety gear for outdoor activities is important (for example, helmets for bikes or scooters). And even when you take all the safety precautions and wear all the right gear, sometimes accidents are inevitable.
Being prepared for a home emergency situation is key. Keep your kids safe at home by:
- Making sure everyone (including children) know how to phone 000 in an emergency.
- Have your full name, address and phone number written down in an accessible place. People (of all ages) can panic in emergencies and forget their details.
- Make sure you have a fully stocked home first aid kit in the house.
Home First Aid
Survival’s Home First Aid KIT contains the items you need to help prepare you for an emergency situation at home. Designed in Australia, the colour-coded labelling system enables you to clearly identify first aid contents, making it quicker and easier to respond to any emergency situation.
Included in the KIT (among other items) are sterile adhesive dressings, antiseptic/wound care, different sized wound dressings, plus SURVIVAL’s revolutionary SMART Bandage to manage potentially deadly snake and Funnel-web spider bites.
How to keep kids safe in the car
When school is out, it’s often time to hit the road with the kids! Spending quality time together on the road out of town is where some of the best childhood memories are made. Whether you’re playing ‘eye spy’ with them, or they’re buried in a book or an iPad, keeping everyone safe inside the car is paramount.
Here are some tips on keeping yourself, your children and other passengers safe inside and outside the car:
- Whenever children are in a car, they should be buckled-up in child car seats that are correct for each child’s age and size.
- Kids should be dressed in comfortable, loose clothing if you’re on a long drive. Make sure you stop regularly to so they can stretch their legs.
- Children should never be left alone in a car, even for short periods.
- Wear your seatbelt and ensure all other passengers are wearing theirs correctly.
- Make sure your children are aware of pedestrian safety, and;
- Revive. Survive.
Vehicle First Aid
Keeping a vehicle-specific first aid kit in the car is a good way to prepare yourself, should an emergency situation arise while travelling in the car. The Survival Vehicle First Aid KIT is a revolutionary kit designed with weight and space in mind. With its colour coding and easy-to-follow instructions, you can conveniently navigate through the kit as you need.
Along with adhesive and wound dressings, this KIT also includes the SMART Bandage and an emergency blanket, plus much more. Inside, you will also find a personal space section, allowing you to include specific items or additional first aid contents suitable for your on-road adventure.
How to keep kids safe outdoors
Being outdoors at the beach, in the bush or even the backyard, can be enjoyable for the whole family. You must however, take precautions and make sure that children in your care stay safe.
Never stop supervising children when they’re in, or near water. Keep your kids safe on the coast by:
- Taking note of beach warning signs.
- Wearing beach footwear to evade hot sand, cuts and injuries from rocks or other dangerous items.
- Encouraging children to not touch sea creatures as there’s a risk of stings or bites.
- Only swimming between the flags.
Keeping your kids safe in the great outdoors by:
- Wearing appropriate clothing and good quality shoes to further safeguard your family against potentially life-threatening situations such as a snake or insect bite.
- Wearing fitted clothes around a campfire or barbeque, as a safer option than loose clothing.
- Remember that campfires that burn out overnight can still be very hot the next morning, which could potentially cause severe burns on bare feet if walked on.
- Keep an eye on weather forecasts.
- Make sure you tell someone (who isn’t with you) where you are going.
- If you’re on a bushwalk, take enough water with you and stop for breaks and snacks.
- Stick to recognised walking tracks and steer clear of cliffs.
- Always pack a First Aid KIT
Outdoor First Aid
Survival’s Outdoor First Aid Bundle is ideal for the great outdoors. Perfect for travelling here, there and everywhere, this bundle contains our wide ranging Home First Aid KIT plus our innovative Snake Bite KIT. It also includes our leading Emergency First Aid Handbook. With all these resources in one bundle, you and your family can be better prepared for any emergency when exploring all corners of Australia.
iFirstAid: first aid wherever you go
Whether it be holidays or just hanging at home, being better prepared for any emergency situation can make all the difference. To assist your preparation, download the easy-to-use iFirst Aid app to your smartphone. With life-saving features such as vital first aid with voice instructions and a CPR timer, you’ll feel confident keeping this valuable resource with you in your pocket. Anytime. Anywhere.
Discover the full range of life saving first aid products today at survival.net.au