Now that your staff knows their AEDs, your venue’s power schedule has been figured out, and everyone on your staff is First Aid/CPR certified, it’s time to take stock of the resources your chosen venue has on hand, and what any event planner should make available. The basics, like first aid kits, are usually required by law to be in a prominent place. Think employee break room, hallway or some other highly trafficked, but not necessarily public, location.
Paper cuts, pinched fingers and exhaustion are common maladies suffered by attendees at large events. Quick access to proper first aid kits allow your staff to diagnose and treat minor incidents quickly, allowing the rest of your attendees to continue their attendee-ing uninterrupted.
But simply having access isn’t enough. Staff leaders should possess basic knowledge of where the entry points for ambulances are located, where the nearest fire extinguisher is and how exactly to get a first aid kit to the floor. Maps with directions work great if you can get them small enough, but if that doesn’t work, make sure your entire staff remembers exactly where to go if someone gets hurt.
Most people think they know how to use a fire extinguisher, but we bet few of them have ever operated one. In addition to making sure the venue has properly tested, maintained, and replaced their fire extinguishers, your core staff should be well versed in the operation of one. From small kitchen incidents to possibly electrical problems on the expo floor, a quick thinking staffer with a working fire extinguisher can save lives.
If the venue you’re working with is for any reason not up to code with fire extinguisher maintenance, be sure to bring that to their attention. A little extra work in the beginning will set the tone for the rest of your event, and save both of you a ton of trouble in the end.
Proper and timely responses to emergency situations can mean saving an experience, saving a client, or saving a life. Why WOULDN’T you be prepared?