Advantages of learning first aid

First aid at work online courseWe have all heard the phrase ‘safety first’ and we should all be aware that being prepared is the best strategy for any emergency situation.

Medical emergencies and dangerous situations happen all the time and we are never sure when they will occur. First aid training can literally save people’s lives and there are many other benefits – a small time invested into learning first aid can produce a lifetime of advantages.

Here’s our roundup of the main advantages of learning first aid.

Your home will be safer

Whether you have a partner or wife and kids; first aid makes any home a safer place. If an accident occurs in the home you can act quickly if you know how to deal with the situation before an ambulance arrives. Children can also take courses in CPR, fire safety awareness and the use of defibrillators.

Your work will be safer

Many large companies give first aid as part of employee training; this is a very wise option because it guarantees they can all look out for one another. If an accident happens at work; employees may be able to prevent further injury to the victim of the accident. First aid courses in the work place promote safer practise amongst employees.

Your kids will be safer

Babies and children are more vulnerable to accidents and certain medical conditions. Learning basic pediatric first aid can be lifesaving in emergency situations such as choking or suspected meningitis. The team here at believe that every parent should know basic first aid for children. 

You will be more employable

First aid is a lifeskill and can greatly enhance your CV and job applications. Being a first aider requires key skills which all employers love: communication skills, leadership & team working. You can demonstrate these skills by learning first aid. 

Want to learn first aid? 

Have we persuaded you of the advantages of learning first aid? Here at we have a range of free online first aid courses. Each course comes with a free downloadable first aid certificate.

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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11 Responses

  1. Linkzelda41 says:

    I agree that when it comes to overwhelming circumstances, learning how to have predispositions for calming down can definitely contribute to assessing the situation the best way possible. It’s definitely a good quality to have on the CV, like you’ve mentioned, and it clearly shows that if there ever ends up being a client or someone that’s militant, the individual would be able to know how to reply in a courteous manner.

    I’ve seen so many relatives and friends of mine having to be put off from work because they’re not aware that they’re the ones causing problems for their health. I guess when it comes to working, people just want to get their jobs done, and get the paycheck as soon as possible. However, that may promote others in being too reckless, and thus suffer long-term damages that they’ll regret.

    I guess people take first aid training for granted, and presume worst case scenarios will never happen at all. It’s that delusion that may shock them whenever they face reality of a loved one or themselves being put at risk, and they realize they won’t have the competency to find how to assess the situation. One concept to also address is building the habit of never taking things for granted instead of presuming nothing horrible will ever happen.

  2. cpefley says:

    I think that learning first aid when having a baby is a must! I wouldn’t let anyone watch my children that weren’t trained in CPR/First Aid, so why shouldn’t I be?

    • chellebaeby says:

      It is a good idea to have a first aid and CPR certified person to watch your children. You never know when an emergency will arise in your own home or in a public place. People underestimate the number of children who stop breathing for no reason. Many of them have to wait for an ambulance to get care but if you have the training you will be prepared. There are many posters with diagrams that can walk you through CPR. This would be helpful to remind you in case you get in a panic and forget some steps.

  3. Lacey says:

    I think everyone should know at least the basic first aid and CPR. It can save a life at anytime anyplace. You never know when you may need it. You may see a wreck or your wife cuts her finger in the kitchen, your baby is choking. Knowing first aid is the difference between life and death in those precious moments before the paramedics arrive.

  4. TPhoenix says:

    I do not want to be caught in an unexpected emergency situation kicking myself for not knowing how to administer first aid, because this site is already offering a free learning course on the basics, so I am going to go ahead and apply for it. The day might seem like it is not around the corner or ever close to happening, but in this world our lives can take a drastic turn in the blink of an eye. It is best to be educated when it does so you can make the right moves and potentially save a life!

  5. suncoast15 says:

    Another advantage to learning first aid is that it enables you to effectively communicate with EMS personnel when they arrive (if they are used in your situation). Knowing the terminology and interventions can be very important when communicating during a 9-1-1 phone call, and can help give the professionals vital information. In addition, first aid skills are so versatile that if practiced correctly can be applied to so many situations. If you have the skills to save lives, don’t be afraid to step up and do it!

  6. Sunshinegurl says:

    I had first aid and CPR traing when I worked in a residential group home and I am happy I had it because you never know when you will need it! I also have a child with special needs and it is so handy to have with him. Every day is a new struggle although so worth it.

  7. Andrei Punte says:

    It’s always a good thing to be prepared for the unexpected. I haven’t been in a situation where I needed to know how to provide first aid, but I sure wouldn’t want to get caught off guard. I’m not going to say it should be mandatory, cause I don’t really like being forced to learn stuff, but maybe it should be. Or at least encouraged.

  8. sillyeggplant says:

    First of all, why would anyone *not* want to learn first aid? One never knows if they’re going to be in an emergency situation, and the more people there are out there with first aid knowledge, the severity of the disaster can be lessened. Like learning to swim, first aid is a vital skill that I think everyone should learn to protect the people they know and care about.

  9. chellebaeby says:

    CPR and first aid training is a must. You can help save lives and help someone who is injured. I have been CPR and first aid certified for many years. In my nursing career, they have been used many times and I am thankful for them. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR for short can save the life of someone who has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped. I am not sure in these online classes if AED is mentioned. It is an automated external defibrillator that can restart the heart with a jolt of electricity. They have portable ones that are in schools and malls. They come in handy when doing CPR because it makes your job as a first responder easier.

  10. Sam says:

    Four years ago my mom died of cardiac arrest. We saw her unconscious flat in her stomach on the front porch. No one in my family knew what to do. No one knew about CPR. Out of panic we brought her to the nearest hospital. In the way to the hospital I was tapping her cheeks slightly hoping she would wake up. She slightly open her eyes to me but I knew there was something wrong with those eyes. They were diluted. We went to ER and it was too late.

    You see, the time between picking her up on the ground till we made it to ER is so much wasted time. We could have save her. If only we knew. I hope more people will equip themselves with first aid. We could have save our loved ones lives.

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