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Do 1 Thing in December: First Aid

Be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance.


Know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Call 911 instead of trying to take an injured or ill person to the hospital yourself. It seems like waiting for an ambulance will make it take longer to get help, but ambulance crews can start providing care as soon as they arrive.

Make or buy first aid kits for your home and car.

Ready-made first aid kits are available at most department stores or your local American Red Cross chapter.

Take training in first aid, CPR, AED, or pet first aid.

Knowing how to apply a bandage, identify the signs and symptoms of shock, perform CPR or use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save a life.