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First Aid – an essential life skill that can make a difference

At Eco-Rangers, we believe first aid is a life skill that everyone can and should learn. This is particularly essential when our children and their families are out and about hiking and exploring the natural terrain. When an accident occurs in the outdoors, you are likely to be far away from help. What do you do? How do you handle a situation like this? By giving all our Caracals and Leopards the opportunity to learn these skills; we hope we have helped to prepare them and have given them the confidence to make a difference when a person is hurt or a life needs saving. First Aid is a valuable addition to every child’s safety education.

First Aid in action

First Aid in action

What did we learn? The course covered all the elementary as well some of the more essential and practical information needed including CPR and dealing with choking for the older children.

What is first aid?
Each and every one of us will experience times when we need help. And there are times you may have a pet who needs help. This is when first aid comes to the fore. Using the skills and information taught, you can make a difference by helping people in situations like this. Taking simple steps can help you make a difference and possibly save a life. Are you ready to help?

Learning about CPR

Learning about CPR


How to stay safe in an emergency!
When an accident happens, before helping others, we need to ensure we won’t get hurt. We need to be aware of and check for dangers which could hurt or put us in danger.

Remember these three simple things:

1. Look and listen for danger
2. Decide if an area is safe for you
3. Make an area safe

You can help save a life!
We can all help in an emergency if we know what to do when we see someone who is hurt. Firstly, we need to know how to keep ourselves safe, how to give first aid for different needs, when we need to get help and what numbers to call. And finally we need to know what to do in an emergency – how to keep calm and respond safely. Remember to STOP – Stop, Think, Observe and Plan.

S-top: Take a moment to gather yourself and your thoughts.

T-hink: Clear your mind and focus on the situation at hand and know that there is definitely something that you can do to help (BE CONFIDENT).

O-bserve: Gather as much information about the situation as possible (this will equip you to make the vital call for HELP).

P-lan: Based on the steps above, you now have the opportunity to intervene and take the next steps to help. At this point you can get involved hands on, or make a call for help.

Practicing CPR

Practicing CPR

You should know how to deal with Cuts, Scrapes, Bleeding, Burns, Choking, Broken bones and much more.

Numbers to remember! Do you know the most important numbers you need to remember? There are two you should memorise or at least have at easy access or stored on your cell phone. 112 is the common emergency telephone number that can be dialed free of charge from any cell phone free of charge in order to reach emergency services. 107 is a single emergency telephone number for use by all people living in and visiting Cape Town. By using this number you can ask for help when life or property is endangered and you will be efficiently transferred to the nearest relevant emergency service provider, such as the ambulance, fire, police or traffic service. You can pick up any Telkom phone, including pay phones, and make a toll-free call to 107. This does not work from a cell phone. Of course Children . . . you need to remember the number to contact your mother or father. Learn this number.

Preventing accidents! Accidents can be prevented by taking a few simple steps. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings be it at home or while out hiking. Wear suitable clothes for the activity you are involved in. Be aware of the dangers of electricity and water – rather don’t play with them. Never eat / drink something if you do not know what it is. When crossing a road, look left and right. Wear your seat belt when in the car and sit quietly so as not to distract the driver. Don not get into a car with a stranger. If you are unsure of something then don’t do it. Watch out for yourself and others.

Emergency Card

Emergency Card

Now that we are all equipped with the knowledge to deal with an emergency, we’d like to say a BIG thank you to Charlene from safe-kids for spending time with us explaining just what one needs to do in certain situations where an accident has occurred. Charlene, you provided in simple, easy to understand terms all that we needed to know and we hope our Eco-Rangers will be able to act accordingly should they ever find themselves in a position where someone needs their help. And thank you to all who supported our Full Moon Picnic on the 7th of November 2014. A portion of the funds raised were used to pay for this course. Thank you for allowing us to give our Children the opportunity to learn the basics of first aid.

Eco-Ranger first aid kit list

Eco-Ranger first aid kit list

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