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First Aid Tips Index

Recognising an emergency can be difficult. It is usually a situation such as a car accident, someone has fallen off their bike, or maybe someone has collapsed on the ground.

These situations may require you to take immediate action by giving first aid to a casualty who may be injured or suffering from an illness.

Things to look for:

What can you see?

  • a bike lying on the ground
  • broken glass

What can you hear?

  • someone screaming
  • someone calling for help
  • crashing metal
  • screeching tyres

What can you smell?

  • petrol fumes
  • smoke from a fire

What should you do?

We all respond to emergencies in different ways. Whether trained or untrained, some of us are afraid we will do the wrong thing and make the situation worse. If you are unsure about what to do, call for an ambulance. The worst thing to do is to do nothing.