I briefly mentioned last week that I was taking First Aid on Wednesday and Thursday. First Aid training is covered through my job, and it has been far too long since I’ve been certified. When my friend mentioned wanting to take the course I jumped on the bandwagon for training through St. John Ambulance.
Last year on a ride one of my teammates crashed, broke her collarbone and suffered a concussion. I had no idea what to do or how to respond. Between biking, hiking and just life in general I knew I needed to update my skills and be more comfortable with First Aid. You never know when something is going to happen! The reminders on CPR and choking were great, and we practiced splinting broken bones, tying slings and using AEDs. While we all hope that nothing happens, it is good to be prepared. Knowledge of proper First Aid can make all the difference in an emergency situation.
Besides being prepared there are a few things you can do to keep safe – make sure that people know where you are going to be and how long you are going to be. Be safety conscious! If you are riding, know the rules of the road and ride defensively. Run defensively! If I’m running I’ll wave at drivers as I’m crossing the street in front of them – to say thanks for stopping and to make sure I know that they see me. Invest in a Road ID or Yikes ID so that all of your emergency information is close at hand.
Do you have any other safety tips?
*Thanks again for all the congratulations for my race on Sunday!*