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Home Living : November 23rd 2010
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, November 23, 2010 HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Put the bite on biters ................................... Whether you're on land or in the water -- summer is the time where all sorts of creepy crawlies show their teeth. Whether it's a handful of insect or mosquito bites during a game of afternoon cricket, a painful snake or spider bite on a bushwalk or the sting of a bluebottle on an early morning swim -- stings and bites are the spoilsports of Australian summer. NSW Health said that between October 2000 and September 2003, there were, on average, at least 7000 visits a year to NSW Emergency Departments for bites and stings. The majority of these visits occurred in the summer months. Quick administration of first aid is vital in dangerous bite or sting situations. Here are some tips on how to recognise and handle spider and snake bites as well as bluebottle stings. SPIDER BITES Symptoms: Painful redness and itching, nausea and vomiting, sweating, dilated pupils, muscle spasms and unconsciousness. What to do: Different spiders require different treatments. For funnel-web and mouse spiders -- firmly bandage the affected area and splint if possible. Make sure the person lies still. For red- back and white-tailed spiders -- wash the bitten area thoroughly and do not bandage because pressure will increase pain. Apply an icepack. SNAKE BITES Symptoms: Bloody discharge, fang marks and swelling, localised pain, diarrhoea, burning, dizziness, blurred vision, sweating, fever, loss of muscle co- ordination, nausea and vomiting, numbness and tingling and rapid pulse. What to do: Call an ambulance. Do not wash or attempt to clean the bite area. Firmly wrap a bandage around the bite area but not so tight that blood supply is cut off. If bite is on arm or leg, wrap a bandage over as much of the limb as possible. BLUEBOTTLE STINGS Symptoms: A painful, whip-like, red, wavy line on the sting area from the bluebottle's tentacle.. What to do: Remove any remaining tentacles from the sting area by carefully washing them off in sea water. First aid important With the joys and fun of summer holidays just around the corner, some families are turning to St John Ambulance to ensure their time off remains relaxing and tragedy-free. First aid skills are an important life skill but they come into play more often in summer when families spend more time on the roads, outdoors, in the water and at home. St John Ambulance NSW CEO Sean Gavin said knowledge of first aid and CPR is a vital skill for at least one member of every family to have. ''First aid is important because accidents happen and it's important to know what to do when one occurs,'' he said. Mr Gavin said the time between an accident or injury occurred and when an ambulance arrived could mean the difference between life or death. ''It can be as simple as knowing how to clear someone's airway or helping them with a bite or burn but people who receive first aid have an 80 per cent better outcome than those who get no first aid at all,'' he said. ''St John runs a range of courses -- our most popular is the senior first aid course,'' he said. ''We have a number of ordinary people who undertake the courses. They are easy to learn, quick and you don't have to be a paramedic or doctor to understand them.'' Inquiries: Visit their website stjohn.org.au Carports N Awnings N Pergolas Timber Decks N Screen Enclosures N Glass Rooms The Original Industry Leader in design, product & service 1300 552 330 ABSOLUTE www.absoluteoutdoor.net Over 30 Years Experience YOUR ABSOLUTE OUTDOOR SPECIALIST Builders Lic. No. 208107C CALL 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au All our products are manufactured from BlueScope Colorbond® Steel ELIMINATE LEAF CLOGGED GUTTERS GUTTER GUARD The Leaf Man Australia Pty Ltd - successfully protecting gutters and water collection across Australia for over 10 years. Keep your gutters and roofing protected Ensure maximum water collection with minimum debris Protect your gutters and roofline from embers and bushfires 0% Flammability & 0% Ignitability index as tested by the CSIRO Colorbond® Expanded Steel Protect your gutters and roofline from unwanted pests & vermin Preferred product for water saving systems INCLUDES FREE GUTTER CLEANING 2150485i hlc wk30 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk12 www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2070199i hln wk50 built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors Frameless Shower Screens
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