You are your own first responders!
Having safety skills can help you in your daily life! If some of those skills required a hard commitment such as learning real street self-defence or tactical shooting training, some others, more basic, should be taught to young adults. For example, everyone should have a basic CPR & First aid training, especially parents. Money management, which can also be seen as a safety skill, should be taught from a teenage age. People should also learn early to eat healthily and to cook instead of eating junk food.
Here is an example of 9 safety skills you could acquire:
1/ CPR & FIRST AID course: Everyone should have participated at least once to the standard one. It’s a two-day course and costs less than $150.
2/ Learn to use a fire extinguisher: It can help you at home or on the road. Everybody should have one in their vehicle.
3/ Create your emergency communication plan:
Creating your emergency communication plan starts with one simple question: “What if ?”
- What if something happens and I’m not with my family or my group of trusted friends?
- Will I be able to reach them?
- How will I know they are safe?
- How can I let them know I’m ok?
During a natural disaster or a man-made disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family and/or group of trusted friends.
4/ Have an emergency kit in your vehicle: Animals crossing the highway at night, slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility or engine failure, are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous especially during cold weather months. Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your vehicle and every situation will be harder to manage with kids.
5/ Know how to manage a social media account: Manage properly your social media accounts, make them private and accept only people you know in real life to connect with you. We’re not talking about the use of social media for the purpose of running a business, but a personal social media account. You should consider your personal social media account like your own house. Would you open the door of your house night and day to people you don’t know? Teach your kids to use them as well. Unmanaged social media for kids is an open door for bullies, harassment and human traffic and it is a danger for them.
6/ Know how to shut off utilities:
- Natural gas: Natural gas leaks and explosions cause a significant number of fires after disasters. It’s important that all household members know how to shut off natural gas.
- Water: Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is important that everyone in your household learn how to shut off the main water valve of the house.
- Electricity: Electrical sparks can ignite natural gas if it is leaking. Teach all responsible household members how to shut off the electricity. Locate your electrical circuit box. For safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit.
- Teaching your children: how to act during emergencies can help reduce stress, minimize the risk of serious injuries and save lives.
7/ Get trained in realistic street self-defence: If there ever comes a time when you have to physically defend yourself and your loved ones, you can bet that the context of circumstance isn’t going to be a funny one.
Training under stress is key to survival! Techniques are only muscle memories. Everyone can do a kata or punch a bag having fun in a comfortable dojo. But every serious self-defence program should teach to manage the freezing process and teach self-defence techniques based reality, through stressful drills, because violence at home or fighting in the streets doesn’t abide by rules.
8/ Know how to shoot: Get your gun licence and practice at the range. Then, you can improve your skills by having a more advanced training if you sign up for a tactical shooting training in the USA. There are a few serious schools out there.
9/ Build a 72h emergency plan: You could include for at least one person in your household a Wilderness First Aid – 40 hours training. It would help responding to emergencies and safe lives either in the event of a natural disaster or a man-made disaster.
Do not neglect it.