By RANDY RICHMAN
The days are getting longer – a sure sign spring is on the way
As we “spring ahead” this March, changing our clocks one hour ahead at 2 a.m on March 8, let’s also remember to change our smoke detector batteries. Smoke detectors should be placed on every level of your home, be tested monthly, and have the batteries changed twice a year. Talk with your family about an escape plan, and practice it twice a year. Should a fire occur in your home, be sure everyone knows to get out, stay out and call for help.
Medical emergencies often put us in a position where we cannot easily relay information to those trying to render care. It’s a common misconception that the hospital keeps record of the medications we take. It’s common to see multiple specialty doctors to manage certain diagnoses, in addition to your family physician. While some changes in medication may be tracked by the doctor, this info is not readily available in the emergency setting.
To prepare for the unforeseen, make a list of the medications you take, and keep that list readily available in a place such as a wallet or purse. Inform your spouse or those close to you that you carry this list and where to find it, should they be the ones calling 911 or answering for you when help arrives.
Anytime there is a change in your medication, immediately update your personal list. Should you have a medical emergency, hand this list to the healthcare providers when they arrive, and save yourself from trying to remember the medications you take.
Have a safe and sunny spring!
Randy Richman is a captain in the Brookfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, a part-time Brookfield firefighter and paramedic, and a firefighting instructor.
Plan for emergencies before they occur
By RANDY RICHMAN