This one-minute tip is super simple to implement, but it can help you handle a huge range of emergency situations.
All you have to do is add an app on your smartphone. And it's so obvious, you might already have this app. (Kudos to you if you do!)
You see, it's the First Aid app offered by the American Red Cross.
The information the app provides is clear and concise. It's easy to scroll through when you have a couple of minutes, just to refresh your memory. Should you apply ice to a burn? [no] What about for a head injury? [yes]
It's also an excellent way to update your information. For example, if you're not trained in CPR, it's now recommended that you do chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Oh, and here's my favorite tip to remember how to do chest compressions: push to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" playing in your head! It's got the perfect rhythm--about 120 beats per minute. That tip isn't on the app, but I learned it in a first aid course when I was the lead teacher at a Reggio-inspired preschool in Mexico. :-)
Want a fun way to learn and share? Play a First Aid quiz show game with your friends or family the next time you're sitting around at home or traveling together. The app makes it easy--just tap on the "quizzes" link at the bottom of the app screen.
Want to be a safety superhero(ine)? Text your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers and tell them to get the app! Or why not share it on your social media accounts?
As my favorite college professor used to say, "You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can't count the apples in a seed." You just never know who might be helped--or even saved--by being near someone you told about the First Aid app.
Go on, now. Download the app. You'll be done in 60 seconds. Then spread the word to your loved ones and followers.
Thank you for caring. I'm so glad to know you're going to be safer--and ready to help others.
Love and safety,