when to call 911
Know when to call 911
Even if you are fully trained in first aid or CPR always alert 911 right away during an emergency situation including:
- Serious injury
- Sudden violent illness (poisoning)
911 operators are trained to assist in any way possible, so it is important to answer their questions as best as you can, listen to them carefully, and do NOT hang up.
Take a class
Several types of courses available will teach first aid, CPR, and how to utilize an AED correctly. The American Red Cross’ website has a tool to help locate classes based on your city, and help you learn to handle:
- Cuts, burns, head injuries, and broken bones.
- Someone who cannot breathe
- When a person’s heart suddenly stops beating
Make a First Aid Kit
First aid kits have all that you need for rapid response to many situations to treat those that require medical attention. It is incredibly important to have a kit nearby including in your home, at work, and even in the car. A well-stocked first aid kit should include the following:
- Directions on how to treat basic injuries and when to call for more help
- Gloves to prevent contamination risks
- Antiseptic solution or wipes
Be sure to check and restock your first aid kit regularly.
The knowledge and experience you will gain from learning these skills can empower you to make the right decision and take swift action in the event of an emergency.