First aid courses are available in most reasonably large centres of population. For some jobs it is compulsory for employees to successfully complete a first aid course. These are usually jobs where employees are in regular contact with the public, and may also have some kind of responsibility for their welfare and safety. Of course, it’s also a good idea for everyone to undergo first aid courses as the training may prove to be the difference between life and death in the home someday.
Every year thousands of people die needlessly, because there was no one around at the time who knew basic first aid. There may be plenty of people close by when someone collapses unexpectedly, but if none of the people present knows how to administer first aid, the person could die before the emergency services arrive. It isn’t as if no one wants to help, but rather that they don’t know how to help. It isn’t that basic first aid courses are difficult or costly to get through either. They are not, and it’s a skill that we should all learn, for we will never know when we may be able to save a life.
In the home it’s usually the mother who spends most time alone with the children. If something goes wrong, the mother will naturally deal with the situation immediately and as best she can. But sometimes a child might need immediate assistance, and that’s where a knowledge of basic first aid is vital. Every mother wants to help her child when an accident happens, but without basic training in first aid, they may not be able to administer the necessary help that will save their own child’s life.
That places first aid courses as being something of a priority in the lives of families. The courses usually don’t last very long and they are not difficult to get through, but at the end of the course each participant will know the basics of how to help someone who suddenly collapses, or is involved in an accident when there is no professional medical help immediately available.
Conclusion: First aid courses are run regularly in most towns and cities, depending on demand, and they can and do save lives. Every day, somewhere on our network of roads and motorways, there are accidents. Many of them are not overly serious, but the people involved often do need immediate treatment. You could be the first person to arrive on the scene of an accident, and if you don’t know how to administer basic first aid, lives could be lost. First aid courses can save lives.
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