First Aid at home

First Aid at home, this is a life skill which can be crucial during an emergency. Anyone with simple knowledge, or even awareness can become a life-saver during an emergency.

 

First Aid at home
A simple skill which can literally save a life

Some of the common scenarios which one might face in our day to day encounters (there are many more depictions in TV dramas)

-Sprains and fractures
-Excessive bleeding
-Punctures and wounds
-Choking
-Fainting spell
-Heart Attack

Many of the dangers could be alleviated if First Aid is rendered promptly.

CPR

Applying CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) effectively can save lives. Any help rendered before an ambulance arrives might prevent a situation from deteriorating.

(In worse case scenario, a paramedic can guide you over the phone on how to react or perform CPR)

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During my First Aid course, we knew that someone with Cardiac Arrest (Heart attack) only has 10 minutes before he cannot be resuscitated.

If the heart is not pumping blood, brain will suffer permanent tissue damage after 4 to 6 minutes.

*CPR is crucial to keep the heart alive for blood circulation.
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SGSecure campaign

With the SGSecure campaign, many are aware of “Run, Hide and Tell”.  My kids can tell me about sms 71999.

But not many know about “Press, Tie, Tell”.

Image credit SGSecure

In many scenarios, if blood is flowing out, we must apply Pressure to stop bleeding first. More details on SGSecure website.

First Aid at home, I invited a few models to refresh my skills.

First Aid at home
First Aid at home

AED

We have heard how AED can help shock a heart to pump again. But you need to know where to find an AED first.

AED Image credit CNA

 

I did notice there are more AEDs now, especially high traffic areas like MRT stations.

SCDF’s myResponder App

Useful Apps and Links, FirstAid courses

For additional tips, I can refer to SCDF’s mySCDF app or YouTube.

mySCDF App

My little fire fighter at home. I hope we do not need to fight a fire at home one day, but it is crucial for my family to know how to evacuate during an emergency.

Pin Aim Squeeze Spray

Pickup First Aid skills if you have not already done so.  Checkout SCDF website for latest updates, click on CEPP (Community Emergency Preparedness Programme) link to register.

SCDF or commercial CPR courses duration can last from 4 hours to full 3 days (from basic to comprehensive with certification), but the basic awareness (CPR, AED, Bandaging hands on) course should be sufficient for most.

Some of the safety posts from our previous experiences are shared below.

-SCDF’s EPC (first hand experience on safety)
http://sengkangbabies.com/family-2/trip-emergency-preparedness-centre

-Learning First Aid with family (PA)
http://sengkangbabies.com/safety/drsabc-cpr-for-everyone/

-First Aid Kit and Fire evacuation
http://sengkangbabies.com/parenting/stay-prepared-in-an-emergency/

-SGSecure campaign (Hands on CPR and first aid tips)
http://sengkangbabies.com/safety/sgsecure-keep-singapore-safe/

-Saturday Fire Station open house
http://sengkangbabies.com/neighbourhood/fire-station-open-house/

-Blood Donation
http://sengkangbabies.com/health/blood-donation

Glossary:

CPR-Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
AED-Automated external defibrillator

Police-999
Ambulance and Fire-995

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* The tips above are only meant to raise awareness for First Aid

** We will never know whether we are ready to apply our skills, until we are faced with a situation. Actual incident scene might traumatised many First Aiders too ( imagine bloody wounds or amputations ). But if we do not act, a life might be lost.

*** Salute to all the paramedics out there!

If you see an ambulance coming up behind you, give way promptly. You do not need to wait till the ambulance is tailgating you!

**** If you have more tips, do share with us

SGSecure, keep Singapore Safe

SGSecure (Singapore Secure) should not be new to Singapore. We see the logos on media, apps and campaigns. Outreach effort to reach school, communities and society. Our ministers are reminding us “Not If but When”.

SGSecure
SGSecure app

We cannot only rely on security forces to protect us, everyone must be vigilant. SGSecure App allows us to report suspicious incidences and it can warn us to avoid incident areas too.

On one of our breakfast trips, we witnessed some SGSecure activities at Teck Ghee during Emergency Preparedness Day (EP), communities would get to witness how security forces handle disasters and incidences (especially terrorists related).

Community must trust and support each other, otherwise the perpetrators would have achieve their objectives. You might be surprised but some actually believe that Singapore’s racial-harmony happens by chance. With new immigrants in our melting pot, it will only get more challenging to gel everyone towards a common objective, that is

Keeping Singapore Safe.

Emergency Preparedness Day

The breakfast crowd witnessed how terrorists “kill” indiscriminately and took some hostages. Police and Protection forces were subsequently activated to subdue the bad guys.

Some of the take home message from our EP episode.

It might look a bit drama (staged), but we hope Singapore would be able to react to a real situation and stand strong in the aftermath.

Kids understand more about SGsecure’s take home message. One of it is “Run, Hide, Tell“. When it is not safe to call 999, we can sms 71999 to alert Police.

Everyone can apply “Press, Tie and Tell” to help another person.
In an emergency, ambulance might not reach us in time, and we need to alleviate a casualty’s condition and prolong his life. You need not be a first aider to apply some basic first aid skills.

Image credit SGSecure

Once situation under control, SCDF can evacuate the casualties and MP shake hands 🙂

Teaser 1. How many of you know about the nearest bomb shelter? I know Sengkang and Punggol MRT are not shelters, nearest one is at Buangkok MRT (refer SCDF website) .

I hesitate to mention HDB’s shelter storeroom, my family got six members, how to squeeze in?

Teaser 2.
In an earlier posts about 15th Feb, fall of Singapore during World War 2, I was not surprised that kids might not have any impression. Schools might let them prepare some sweet potatoes and social studies refresh the importance of history.

What was surprising was parents were not aware of significance of 15th Feb!

(but we all know 14th Feb Valentine’s)

 

Are Singaporeans really too complacent and naive when it comes to security matters?

Teaser 3.
How many kids were born when United States WTC (World Trade Centres) went down during event 911 (in 2001)? Till today, we still cannot fathom why terrorists would ram jets into buildings! Or do the kids even remember the riots in Little India?

 

Image credit SGSecure

War need not longer be conventional, other countries and ideologies might just need to engage in cyber attacks (fake news) to sow mistrust and break our social fabric and turn communities against one another.

Marawi is not exactly far from Singapore. We hear about radicals and extremists in Malaysia and Indonesia. Even Singaporeans are being radicalised!

Even if the terrorists are not on our shore yet, Singaporeans love to travel. We better know how to respond and evacuate during an emergency.

Video (YouTube link): Drilling the kids on fire evacuation

 

Do pop by other security related posts on our blog -> http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/sgsecure  (Some topics include First aid kits and extinguishers at home, HDB evacuation)

Look out for the next Emergency Preparedness Day scheduled for 26th Aug. We would recommend these three venues for the next family outing.

EPC (SCDF)
Harmony in Diversity gallery)
– Fire stations open house

Fire station open house

More about SGSecure and Police Repsonses on YouTube:
SGSecure
Run Hide Tell

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(I am not talking about all the fake news online yet, it will be challenging for us to identify what is true and false in an emergency) 

NDP 2017 Preview – New attractions

We attended NDP 2017 Preview last Saturday, and we really miss NDP at the floating platform!

 

NDP17 will be Singapore’s 52nd Birthday 🙂

NDP 2017
NDP 2017

The amazing city skyline, the wide landscape which allows Air, Land and even Sea platforms to make an impact. The setting Sun will bring another atmosphere to the bay.

NDP 2017 preview

Those Dynamic Defence Display shows really looked and sound more impactful when all SAF and Hometeam hardware turn out in full force!

You will see and hear the usual fighter jets and helicopters 🙂

 

There are several new features for NDP 17 too. Like Yum Seng, an AI host, singing Military Police.   

In addition, there are two Dynamic Defence Shows! Showcasing how SG deals with Terrorism #SGSECURE

2017 is also NS50, there is a Soldier in evey home, we salute the NSF, NSman for keeping Singapore Safe.

Not forgetting Hometeam personal for protecting Singapore day in day out too!

The theme for NDP 2017 is #OneNationTogether In this uncertain times, all Singaporeans must stand together and brave any dangers together.

 

Do you know that the hashtag (# ) is unique to Singapore’ address system too?

Video (YouTube link) : Climb the summit to reach a higher peak!

A pity the 300 drones were missing in NDP 2017 Preview, but the Fireworks were astounding 🙂

With friends and family (Cheekiemonkies), it makes our NDP Preview all the more memorable 🙂

Those heading to NDP Preview 2 tomorrow, enjoy the show! Do pop by NDP website www.ndp.org.sg for the show schedues.

-We would like to recommend taking MRT to the site. We were stuck in Marina Square carpark and surrounding roads for up to 90 minutes after the event, massive jam!

-More photos will be added to the blog over the weekend, meanwhile you can see our Facebook album here.

-Catch all our NDP events here. We were fortunate to attend the NDPs through our blog, had never been successful with the tickets balloting

-Tips for photographing Firework here

-Video (YouTube link): Leaving you with a Fun RHIB ride from NDP 49, super FUN!