With summer starting and school ending, the outdoors is becoming the most popular hangout spot. However, with a new season comes a new set of potential safety hazards and emergencies. While we are recognizing CPR-AED Awareness Week, we wanted to reintroduce the First Aid App by the Red Cross, available for Apple and Android devices. This free app can help you out this summer when you’re in a pinch with First Aid questions.
Knowing how to perform CPR is vital in a life or death situation. If you don’t have time to take a Red Cross class, the CPR section on the First Aid App is a great alternative. The app asks you to identify the state of the person (unconscious, breathing, etc.) and then gives specific instructions with moving pictures on how you can be of the most help.
Summer also means high temperatures and humidity. While no one wants to think about a heat stroke while they’re enjoying the outdoors, it is good to know the signs. By tapping on the heat stroke section, the First Aid App guides you through how to properly help a person who has had or may start having a heat stroke.
Bees, wasps, and other insects with stingers become more prevalent in summer as well. Many people do not know how to properly care for stings and bites, but the First Aid App guides you through the process in a few short steps.
While we all love playing and watching outdoor sports, no one loves a strain or sprain. When you don’t know how to deal with a strain or sprain, the First Aid App can save the day with picture and text instructions on helping a person with an injury.
For a preview of how the app works, check out this video: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app. If you’d like to learn more about CPR, sign up to take a class at redcross.org/takeaclass.