This year’s Sunday Super Bowl promises to be a tense, hard-fought, physical game. For the thousands in our community who will be having their own tense, hard-shouting, fist-bumping, nachos snacking Super Bowl parties, the Red Cross wants to give you the following tips to stay safe.
There are many potential pitfalls for viewers to face from inadvertent tail gate fires, to choking on a hot dog, to banging your fist against the wall when your team fails a field goal attempt.
The American Red Cross offers classes in your area, teaching CPR, water safety, first aid – information to deal with many life-threatening emergencies.
You should definitely have the Red Cross First Aid App. You can find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.
And, make plans to get to the next level of safety by enrolling in an American Red Cross first aid and CPR course: http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/courses/
In the meantime here are ways to stay Red Cross Ready.
If You’re Driving to a Super Bowl Party:
If You’re entertaining guests and someone starts to choke:
To give back blows:
Firmly position yourself slightly behind the person. Provide support by placing one arm diagonally across the chest and lean the person forward. Firmly strike the person on the back between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand.
To give abdominal thrusts:
Start by standing or kneeling behind the victim and wrapping your arms around his or her waist. Make a fist with one hand and place the thumb side against the middle of the victim's abdomen, just above the navel and well below the lower tip of the breastbone. Grab your fist with your other hand and give quick inward and upward thrusts into the abdomen.
Repeat this combination until the object becomes dislodged or the victim becomes unconscious. If the person becomes unconscious or is unresponsive, they will need a modified CPR technique known as first aid for unconscious choking. Unconscious choking requires more in-depth care that involves rescue breathing, chest compressions and checking for a foreign object.
May the best team win!