The three Cs of first aid

The three Cs of first aid is used to provide a structure for how you should act in an emergency first aid situation. If you remember the three Cs you won’t go far wrong when performing first aid!


Road traffic accidentBefore rushing into an emergency situation, remember the first C: CHECK

Ask yourself: what has happened? Are there any dangers? What could be hazardous in this situation?

It is important not to rush into any emergency situation, you should always check for dangers. After all, you are the most important person.


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Calling for emergency help early is one of the most important things you can do. Remember to clearly explain to the operator what has happened and how many people are injured. You can find out more by reading out post, how to call an ambulance.

Did you know 112 is the universal emergency number for European countries?


After checking for danger and ensuring the scene is safe you can now start caring for injured people. Want to know how? Check out our free online first aid course for information on how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the ABC of first aid

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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2 Responses

  1. theshaynee says:

    I have read so many helpful articles here. I really love how you break things down. It makes it a lot easier to remember for me.

  2. cpefley says:

    Very helpful information! I had never heard of the three Cs, but that is a great way to remember. I also had no idea what all of Europe had the same emergency number. Very convenient!

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