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Firebusters: First Aid Safety

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EUGENE, Ore. — When it comes to safety, first responders say every family should focus on first aid.

Firefighters with the Lane Fire Prevention Cooperative say every home should have a first aid kit, and everyone in the home should know where it’s located and how to use it.

One instance a first aid kit will come in handy is for summertime bee stings.

Experts say if you’re stung, check for a stinger, then look for signs of redness, itching and swelling.

“If you start to experience symptoms of loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, dizziness, or facial swelling or throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, that’s a true emergency and you’ll want to call 911 right away,” said Justin Mock from the Oakridge Fire Department.

Parents should also keep children away from the barbeque grill area during the summer months.

If someone gets burned, run cool water over the area to ease the pain.

Do not apply ice or ice water, however, because that could actually cause more damage.

If someone suffers a cut, apply firm pressure to the area with a clean cloth.

First responders say if you have a nose bleed, it can take between five to ten minutes for the bleeding to stop.

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