Food Poisoning Can Spoil Your Day

(NC)-Eating outdoors in summer can be an appetizing experience. Fresh air, combined with healthy activity, can tantalize the taste buds. Picnics and camping often focus on the enjoyment of food. However, there can be hidden hazards lurking in the cooler or picnic basket.

Canada’s leader in safety-oriented™ first aid training, St. John Ambulance, suggests you take simple precautions to ensure your food is safe to consume.

  • Make sure your cooler is stocked with ice or freezer packs capable of keeping the contents cold until you’re ready to consume them.
  • Always store food items separately, using individual containers or a sturdy plastic wrap.
  • Keep cutlery and utensils in a clean storage container, away from the food.
  • If you plan to cook outdoors, make sure the cooking surface is clean and that food is protected from airborne pollutants.
  • Never leave food exposed to the air where insects and other creatures may contaminate it.

Food poisoning can have serious consequences. It’s important to know what to do if you suspect food poisoning. St. John Ambulance first aid courses teach you essential, lifesaving techniques that can reduce suffering and prevent injury.

Signs and symptoms of food poisoning

  1. Casualty may experience nausea, dizziness, stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting.
  2. Casualty may also suffer breathing problems or chest pain.

First aid for food poisoning

  1. Assess the casualty’s condition and place them at rest.
  2. Do not give fluids.
  3. Do not induce vomiting.
  4. Monitor the casualty’s condition.

If it worsens, seek medical help.

Knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference. For more than 118 years, Canadians have trusted St. John Ambulance for quality first aid training and products. With more than 300 centres across Canada, St. John Ambulance is the leader in state-of-the-art training programs. See what St. John can do for you – call the branch nearest you or check us out on the web at