Home > Lifestyle > Man > Your body 30 March 2004 How to assist at an accident scene If you stop at an traffic accident scene, there are certain things you should know in order to provide the best possible assistance. 0 Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does If you stop at an traffic accident scene, there are certain things you should know in order to provide the best possible assistance. Follow these steps: Make the area safe. Protect yourself and the injured person from further injury and ask someone to alert oncoming traffic. The person should stand at least 50 meters from the accident scene and preferably use a flashlight at night. Turn on the hazard lights of all the vehicles on the scene. If you suspect a head, back or neck injury, do not move the victim unless he is in imminent danger or you need to perform CPR. Support injured limbs when moving the person. Do not go near a crashed car or try to rescue someone if the car has damaged a power pole and wires are down. You could put your own life at risk. Turn off the ignition of the crashed vehicle. Call the emergency services. Warn people not to smoke as there may be petrol on the road. Ask the driver how many passengers were in the car, especially small children who may be trapped or may have been flung out of the car. Do not touch blood without latex gloves. If an injured person is wearing a helmet, don't remove it unless you need to perform CPR. You must however, open the visor of the helmet and loosen the chin strap. If someone is trapped inside a vehicle, stay with him until help arrives. If an unconscious person is trapped in the car, clear the airway of blood or vomit, and lift the jaw, making sure that you do not move the neck. Give mouth-to-mouth breathing if possible but do not perform external cardiac massage until the person has been removed from the car. Stop bleeding by applying and maintaining firm pressure to the wounds. Cover victims with a blanket or jacket until help arrives. - Health24 More in Lifestyle Scientists find the grey hair gene More: ManYour body advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Win a Skin Renewal voucher valued at R2 000 Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.