Help us help you! In case of an emergency, make your health information, allergies, list of medications, and emergency contacts EASY for the EMTs to find. A list in a purse or cabinet full of medications can be hard for us to find. By keeping the File for Life updated and in clear view on your refrigerator, we can find this important information in an emergency. We encourage you to fill it out in pencil so it is easy to update your information as it changes. To get your own File of Life, or a replacement page, visit the WAEMS station or call (608) 849-7522.
According to the American Heart Association, about 75 percent to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim's chance of survival. CPR helps maintain a vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective. Waunakee EMS will host a CPR training class for anyone interested. For more information about setting up a CPR class at WAEMS, contact Jay at email@example.com. Visit the American Heart Association or Red Cross for more CPR information and resources.
CCR is "compressions only CPR". You should use CCR when:
- You witnessed a cardiac arrest on an adult.
- CCR is only for adults, meaning anyone over 18 years of age.
- Traditional CPR with breathing should still be performed on victims of drowning, electrocution, drug overdose, and choking. Traditional CPR is also performed on children and infants.
For more information on CCR, visit: DaneCallAndPump.Org
Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries. Children are at particularly high risk for bicycle-related injuries. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for 59% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US emergency departments. Learn more about the problem of bicycle-related injuries and what you can do to prevent them at the Risk Watch Bike Safety website.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by having your fuel-burning appliances serviced each year and by installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. The batteries in your carbon monoxide detector should be changed twice each year... an easy way to remember is to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for Daylight savings time! For more information, visit the CDC's carbon monoxide site.
Seat belts are one of the most effective means of saving lives and reducing serious injuries in traffic crashes. For more information, visit the National Safety Belt Coalition website. ALWAYS wear your seat belt, and be sure your friends and family do too!
The type of seat your child needs depends on several things including age, size, and type of vehicle. To be sure your child is using the most appropriate seat, go to The American Association of Pediatric's Car Safety Seat Page.
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Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security, The Ready Kids website features age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to be better prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies and the role kids can play in this effort.