What number do you call for an ambulance? Can you work the fire extinguisher? Use our guide to keep you and your family safer in Singapore.
Research shows the majority of us will be unsure of what to do if an accident or emergency situation occurs, mostly due to a lack of first-aid training, although most of us would agree proper lessons in CPR and swimming are must-learns. In our guide, we share simple basic procedures to arm yourself with, and where to go for important professionally-run courses, which could save a life.
Scenario #1: Playground Injury
You’re in the middle of a conversation with a fellow mum when you hear a scream from the playground. Your son has fallen and you think he may have fractured his arm. What should you do?
A: Look for deformities, swelling, loss of function or open wounds. Vomiting is a sign of possible head trauma. Treat the bleeding wounds, immobilise the injured limb in an arm sling and seek medical attention. Dial 995 for an ambulance if the injury is severe.
Scenario #2: Falls & Sprains
Your mother has come for a visit and turned her ankle while out sight-seeing. You’ve iced it and wrapped her ankle well with the right bandage, but also noticed that your medical supplies are dangerously low. Where can to refill your kit?
A: A first aid kit is a must have as it’s your first go-to for injuries that happen at home. Having the right things can help reduce the risk of infection or the severity of the injury. While most of the required medical supplies can be replenished at your local Guardian, Watsons or Unity Healthcare pharmacies, certain items may not be so easily available. Check out our list of places that offer a comprehensive selection of medical supplies and equipment that will come in handy if an emergency strikes. These stores are also useful if you’re caring for an ailing elderly person who has special needs. You can also order online.
Scenario #3: Swimming Accidents
Your daughter’s classmate recently had a birthday party by the pool, where one of the younger guests fell into the water. Although one of the supervising adults was able to pull the child out in time, he suffered quite a shock. How can you prevent this from happening to your own children?
A: It’s important to teach children how to respond if they are involved in a water incident, and that they shouldn’t panic if they have fallen into the water. The best way to teach your children about water safety is to enrol them in quality swimming lessons.
For a list of swim schools with programmes for babies, toddlers and adults, click here.
Scenario #4: Pool Danger
You’re both working parents and your kids love having their playtime in the condo pool. The trouble is, their only form of supervision is your helper, but she doesn’t know how to swim or what must be done if there’s trouble in the water. What can you do?
A: The first thing you should do is enrol your helper in a swim class. By learning basic swimming and water rescue techniques, she’ll be better equipped to monitor your children while they’re enjoying their afternoon swim and help if anything does go wrong.
Scenario #5: Fire, Fire!
You’re in the middle of preparing dinner when suddenly, there’s a loud bang and your cookware goes up in flames. What should you do?
A: Firstly, call the fire department at 995 to report the incident. If the fire is beyond your control, close off all the entrances to the kitchen to contain the fi re and evacuate your family immediately. But if you find the fire to be manageable, turn off your stove’s gas supply, locate your fire extinguisher and stand about 1 to 1.5 metres away from the fi re before dousing it with your extinguisher. Remember to aim the nozzle of the fi re extinguisher at the base of the fi re to target its source. Or, you can use a thick, wet cloth to cover the cookware like a blanket.
Scenario #6: Dialling for Help
You’ve been homebound due to a bad accident and need to get to an important medical appointment. But there’s no one available to take you and you’re unable to travel alone. How can you find a suitable solution?
A: Your best option would be to call a private ambulance to ferry you to your appointment. Many of these services are well-equipped to help you during your ride to or from your check-up. Helmed by skilled and trained medical staff, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the best care possible. Prices for each service may vary, so it’s best to enquire beforehand.
For more essential safety information, click here.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, The Finder, June 2015