Springtime in Australia means being exposed to elements that can lead to first aid emergencies. Temperatures can swing back and forth between warm and cool, bringing changes in the working environment.
Learn to stay safe during springtime and how to administer first aid for spring-related injuries and illnesses.
Prepare for Spring Weather
Starting in September, the spring season brings brighter days, blooming flowers, and warmer temperatures. However, springtime in Australia can be unpredictable. It is the time of the year when many things change – including the weather.
Warm sunny days may be quickly followed by stormy weather, and sometimes, changes can occur within the same day. This brings a wide array of specific hazards to look out for.
Here, we’ve put together five spring safety topics and first aid tips to keep everyone having the best time during this time of the year.
Severe weather safety
Severe (extreme) weather safety is one of the biggest risks during this season. The frequent weather fluctuations and extra rain can sometimes cause a host of extremes such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding, high winds, or tornadoes.
Advanced planning for spring requires safety precautions. Keep an emergency kit on hand, such as a battery-operated flashlight, a list of personal information, a five-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable goods, blankets, or sleeping bags.
Prepare and practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather.
With the blooming flowers in spring, expect the amount of pollen in the air that can trigger allergies. Common symptoms of pollen allergies include watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, and constant sneezing.
Severe allergies can escalate to potentially life-threatening conditions in some people. Worse, it can result in serious asthma attacks and anaphylactic shock, which causes shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or swelling in the throat.
In these cases, first aid care should be given without delay and call emergency services right away.
Coming into a new season can cause others to easily forget to stay hydrated. To avoid dehydration, always carry a water bottle that you can sip from or refill as you go on your day.
Severe dehydration can have serious consequences, such as heat stroke, seizures, problems in the urinary system, and more.
With the warmer weather comes an increase in fire hazards at home, school, and even work. To prevent fires, regularly check your smoke detectors and ensure that gasoline sources are stored safely. Have a fire extinguisher at home and use a flashlight as a light source instead of candles.
It is also best to learn first aid for burns in case of fire-related injuries.
The sun rays during springtime can be surprisingly intense, especially if spending time outdoors for longer periods. To avoid sunburns and other sun damage, always wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses when outside.
When choosing a sunscreen, choose products with claims of a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply it to all exposed body areas.
Stay out of the sun during midday when the sun rays are strongest, and wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing.
Springtime in the land down under means warmer weather that is perfect for outdoor activities. But it also sometimes means being exposed to risks that could harm your health.
Keep in mind the five safety tips mentioned above and consider learning first aid to know the signs and symptoms of spring-related emergencies. Know the basics of DRSABCD, CPR, and other procedures that could help save lives. When it comes to safety, never take a chance and always get medical help when needed.
Head over to the course page and register to one of our lifesaving first aid classes.
Have a safe and enjoyable spring season!