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St John (QLD) issue holiday safety message for children and families

As Queenslanders begin preparations for the Christmas break, St John Ambulance (Qld) is sending a crucial message to all households to pack a well stocked first aid kit and touch up on their first aid skills.

St John Ambulance (Qld) First Aid Specialist John Parr said being equipped with a suitable first aid kit and knowing basic first aid these holidays would ensure efficient treatment of emergencies, and could even reduce the severity of an injury.

John said it was especially important to advise party hosts of any allergies, and ensure young children know what they can and cannot eat.

“Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do,” he said.

John advised all parents to remind their children of any allergies, and to not take the risk of having an anaphylactic shock.

“Serious allergic reactions can cause blood pressure to fall dramatically and breathing to become impaired,” he said.

“The face, tongue and neck can become swollen, increasing the risk of suffocation, and the amount of oxygen reaching vital organs (including heart, lungs and brain) is severely reduced.”

John said most people with first aid training use their knowledge to assist their family and close friends.

“It’s the people we are closest to that we’re putting at risk if we don’t take the time to learn basic first aid,” John said.

“Christmas is a time for celebrating which generally means having lots of guests over and visiting friends - this also puts you at an increased risk of a first aid incident occurring,” he said.

Other dangers at Christmas celebrations include drowning, chocking, burns and scalds, asthma attack and dislocations.

“By learning first aid and ensuring the first aid kit is well stocked, you can ensure that your Christmas party will be a safe and enjoyable celebration,” he said.

St John Ambulance (Qld) offers a range of first aid courses and kits to suit all needs and budgets. Visit the online store at www.stjohnqld.com.au or call 1300 360 455.

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St John (QLD) media contact: Angela Madden on (07) 3253 0579