untitled2When travelling on an aeroplane, bus or train, or even choosing a cinema seat, I always choose the seat closest to the nearest Exit and always in the aisle, because I believe that it will give me better odds of escaping, in case of an emergency situation.

On an aeroplane, I ensure sure that I count the rows to my nearest two exits; in case it becomes too dark see my escape route.

This is known as a ‘PEEP’s (Personal Evacuation Escape Plan’s) and it is aimed purely for the individual, taking into account any special needs that they may have, affecting their safe exit. This could include Diabetes, Arthritis, MS, Epilepsy or even the pregnant evacuee! (See picture below, which illustrates how to monitor and maintain PEEP’s).

I know that planes are safe these days; in fact they are one of the safest modes of transport, but it has become a habit I have had for many years.

I am like a Health & Safety security robot, noting risks or situations that could cause danger to single or multiple people.

My actual job, involves checking Health & Safety on a daily basis, so I guess that it explains why I am always looking for ‘Danger Zones’, or assessing the risk of an injury (AKA Risk Assessment), or worse, death!

Even when travelling with my family or friends, I always plan what to do in case we are involved in an emergency.

Knowing where the nearest exit is and agreeing on a meeting place, in case we get split up from each other, is a requisite when I travel.

Have you ever seen those disaster movies, where people are maimed or die? Have you noticed that during the mayhem scenes, everybody goes crazy and panics?

In the real world, we (as a human race) are more likely to behave rationally and actually help each other in emergency situations, very opposite to that shown on the Silver Screen!

This is actually very reassuring to me, because I feel that people will know how to behave, if I was to injure myself.

They would, hopefully behave in a supportive way, especially if I have befallen a personal emergency, such as a burn, a stroke or maybe a fall.

If my rescuer is First Aid qualified, this will to give me a better chance of survival, because they will know the skills to give immediate First Aid to the injured, whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive or help to assist them.

First Aid is not just about us having the skills to provide the casualty with CPR, for example, during a Heart Attack (Blocked Plumbing) or Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Electrical Fault), it also may be a case of just covering the victim with a blanket, to keep them warm, so that they do not die from Hypothermia! (Where the body temperature drops below 35 degrees centigrade).

Stemming blood flow is another simple way to prevent death from excessive blood loss (loss of more than 30% of total blood content).

I often think about disasters in my own city (London), such as the 7/7 Bombings (2007), to the recent Tram crash in Croydon, London, in November this year, which killed seven.

Could more lives have been saved, if bystanders or other passengers had First Aid knowledge? Knowing the skills gives you the confidence you need to face an emergency, especially if involved blood!

Is being ‘Humanistic’ alone, enough, to enable us to help our fellow man, or is it a bonus to have the knowledge & confidence that First Aid gives the individual?

I think it is the latter; so therefore, my advice for your New Years Resolution 2017 is: Learn First Aid and you may save a life!

For god’s sake, we should all know the skills on how to save a life. After all, it could be someone we love.