Our Best of British series of articles, which review the best UK apps, continues with one of our finest and oldest organisations, the British Red Cross.
Established in 1870 to help people in crisis, this volunteer-led humanitarian organisation has released a ‘First aid by British Red Cross’ app to help you and people across the world prepare for an emergency.
I have to say that the Red Cross app is a joy to use and embellishes everything which an app should. It is simple to use, educational, has a beautiful design and is something that everyone in the UK and worldwide for that matter should download.
At 40MB the app downloads quickly and upon opening it you are welcomed by the main screen which houses 5 tabs. These include Learn, Prepare, Emergency, Test and Info.
Learn – Maybe you are on a commute to work or like me looking for something to read during a lunch break. Well, these are the perfect moments to pull out your smartphone and learn about the correct things to do for 18 common first aid scenarios.
Each section is accompanied by illustrations, animations, simple step-by-step guidance and videos along with a question and answer section.
Prepare – This section will really get you thinking and may encourage you to take action and prepare for possible situations such as house fires of which there are 50,000 each year in the UK.
The before section will get you started here and there is a during section for emergency guidance complete will a quick action button to call 999.You will also find at the base of this section links to first aid help within the app, so for a house fire you will find a quick link to the burns first aid page.
Emergency – Should an emergency occur then tap this button to launch the emergency wizard that will give you quick life-saving advice. The information issued is concise and again a handy call 999 button is present.
Test – Unlock achievements here by taking tests to confirm the knowledge you have gained
Information – Discover the many elements of the Red Cross organisation here from first aid training to volunteering.
Most definitely yes, you cannot carry a first aid book with you 24 hours a day but you can have that information to hand with the British Red Cross app.
You can make a donation to the British Red Cross here.
Don’t have a smartphone or tablet to download the First aid by British Red Cross App? Search for a smartphone deal here.
Written by: Michael Brown